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Latest update : 2018-10-17

Uighurs and Kazakhs held in re-education camps in China

In western China, officials say they are fighting extremism by opening so-called "vocational training centres". But human rights groups argue these are actually mass detention camps, aimed at indoctrination and forcing people to renounce their faith. Up to one million people, mostly Uighurs, are thought to be held, but ethnic Kazakhs are also suffering from the consequences of the crackdown.

Meanwhile, a severe drought in western Afghanistan has displaced thousands of farmers. The weather is a devastating blow to livelihoods that were already threatened by decades of conflict.

And since August 2017, hundreds of thousands of Rohingya Muslims have fled a crackdown in Buddhist-majority Myanmar. The United Nations has described the violence as "ethnic cleansing" and "genocide". Many have sought refuge in the world's largest refugee camp in neighbouring Bangladesh, but even there, they continue to face danger.

By Sonia BARITELLO , Agnès LE COSSEC , Stéphane BERNSTEIN , Will HILDERBRANDT

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2018-11-14 Access Asia

Chinese 're-education' camps: Muslim Uighurs speak out

Every five years, each UN member state's human rights record is examined at a meeting in Geneva. This time around, China was criticised for its so-called "re-education" camps....

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2018-10-31 Access Asia

Deported and devastated: A painful homecoming for Afghan migrants

There is concern that the EU is returning asylum seekers to the very instability they fled in the first place. In early October the bloc reached a deal with the Afghan government...

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2018-10-09 Access Asia

Indonesia tsunami: Survivors describe ordeal

On September 28, the Indonesian island of Sulawesi was rocked by a 7.5-magnitude earthquake that triggered a tsunami. Hundreds of people lost their lives in the twin disasters,...

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2018-09-18 Access Asia

Iwao Hakamada, the Japanese boxer still fighting... for his life

In Japan, 82-year-old Iwao Hakamada spent half a century on death row before being released. But the former professional boxer is still locked in a legal back and forth. Today he...

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