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this is you got the news live from berlin revelations of muslims forced into reeducation camps in china it's believed more than a million muslims are being detained human rights groups call it a form of ethnic cleansing it's a former inmate who fled to neighboring kazakhstan. also coming up sweden's general election leaves the country's two main political blocs in a dead heat and sees a surgeon support for the far right and its am anti immigrant plan. and fears of more and to migrate to on the rest in eastern germany
a small town of shaken after a man dies in a fight with two afghans with the far right swatch here and make it another chemical. i'm sunni so most going to thank you for joining us human rights watch has called for the international community to impose sanctions on china because of its treatment of muslim minorities now in a report released today the rights group says that more than a million muslims have been detained in so-called reeducation camps in china's northwestern shin jang region the horrors of the internment system are emerging only slowly because the chinese government tightly controls access to the region do not travel to neighboring kazakhstan to speak to witnesses. but someone is a former inmate of a chinese reeducation camp he got out of the internment facility in march and is
now in kazakhstan it's an important day for him he's meeting a team from amnesty international to speak about his experiences. three was found and we had to sing for hours. songs like without the communist party there would be no new china. most of our songs praising mao tse tung. and we were forced to repeat slogans about the greatness of president xi jinping and what a great place china is to live in. someone has an ethic cause he was born in china where large numbers of cars x. have disappeared into camps along with weaker and members of other muslim ethnic minorities the official justification combating religious extremism is all brainwashing for them to accept that you are chinese and you have a set. national unity is size to make you feel you are part of the nation
you don't need to keep your own ethnic identity is just really like ethnic and saying practice. the cosmic authorities have warned someone of the long arm of chinese authorities but he wants his advice to be heard. will need to have the courage to tell the truth if we don't share our stories of what's going on then who will. that's why i'm speaking out of my duty and the dishonest by. someone is in a city around three hundred kilometers from the chinese border. if you're a former detainees have made it here. we do not know exactly how many people are being detained at these camps international organizations estimate that the number exceeds one million there are no verdicts and no sentences release is entirely at the whim of the camp administration. many cousins have links to china and many have
relatives in the camps. just saying the wrong word or expressing your religious beliefs can lead to detention. for many inmates the only hope of release comes from amnesty efforts on their behalf. one onion skin of whom i mean this man was arrested on a business trip. and didn't have enough people i don't even know if he's still alive. you know for you my son is twelve. and that he asks me where his father is every day. even his teacher has started asking questions. on the news from across the border has become rare for muslims in china any contact with their relatives is simply too dangerous. let's speak to
sophie richardson she's the china director of human rights watch and joins us from washington heights sophie thanks for being on our program how long have these camps been in existence and how prevalent are they. we've been documenting them for about a year now and last fall the reports are trickling in slowly and we had hoped that it would just be an isolated phenomenon but as the past twelve months have worn on we've been able to show that the camps are spreading that different kinds of facilities are being used to detain people and that in fact some scholars and journalists to do a brilliant job going through government tenders in the region to document constructing new facilities in which to detain people it really does seem that this is beijing's new normal. but if you look at beijing's perspective perspective they say that your organization human rights watch is full of prejudice against the chinese government and that these reeducation camps are only mildly corrective
centers to be radicalized weekers after a spike in violence specially in two thousand and thirteen and two thousand and fourteen what's your response to that well i think there dismissals a little bit more seriously if they ever engaged on the facts which they categorically refuse to do and i've asked for this suggestion that these are vocational training centers and there are a lot of questions to answer about why they're surrounded by guards and barbed wire why people can't we move you know what sort of jobs people are being trained for when they're being beaten and forced to learn mandarin it's a it's not a very credible explanation coming out of beijing how has this crackdown affected the legal community in particular well i think people have described to us consistently feelings of fear and paranoia and a sense that they simply are being criminalized for being who they are that there are such pervasive restrictions now on religion and language culture even what you can name your children we have people say to us i feel like it's illegal to be
myself what do you expect the international community to do here. well i think it's high time to contemplate for example whether trying to even belong to you and you know like human rights council i think it's time for governments to imagine things like sanctions or visa bans and certainly an international investigation and some attention paid to that the ask for communities all over the world to find out if they're being harassed and intimidated in countries like germany the u.s. australia we've seen the chinese government do that and know that it's happening to those communities right now so if you richardson from human rights watch joining us from washington d.c. thank you sophie. thanks in sweden both main political blocs have failed to secure a majority of the general election instead the far right has recorded nature gains the ruling central left social democrats in their ally secured forty point six percent a slight edge over the center right alliance at forty point three percent the
populist sweden democrats have surged into third place taking seventeen point six percent the far right party hopes to become kingmaker of any ruling coalition a scenario both centrist blocks are finding hard to stomach. europe's populist way now reaching sweden in part because of this man. jimmy ackerson declaring a big future for his third place anti immigrant party. do you know what friends of sweden they said on t.v. that it's hard to declare a winner of this election i know who's won the sweden democrats in the in a small country that's taken in four hundred thousand asylum seekers since two thousand and twelve acker since message has resonated for those skeptical about immigration and the establishment. that establishment incumbent prime minister stuff on left been center left coalition came out just millimeters ahead of the
opposition center right alliance a sign left and says that it's time to toss out the bloc system that's defined swedish politics for decades if using is no side has a clear majority it's only natural that we will have to work across the political divide to make it possible to govern sweden so some regardless of the final election results this will be the death of bloc politics. but his invitation to the center right to engage in cross party talks has so far fallen on deaf ears the head of the opposition instead calling for less than to resign that leaves two sides in a virtual dead heat after the vote both sides short of a majority both sides refusing to work with a strong third place finisher that has neo nazi roots. look for weeks or months of talks to form a new government in a country whose reputation for tolerance may be shifting along with the political winds sweeping across europe. now to some of the other stories making headlines
around the world seven people were wounded in the knife attack in central paris late on sunday authorities say a man began attacking passers by outside a cinema seriously injuring four police detained the suspect officials say they don't think it was terrorism. reports say russian and syrian aircraft have resumed airstrikes in the syrian province of the eyewitnesses and a monitoring group told news agencies there were several fatalities damascus has stepped up its assault on the country's last rebel stronghold after last week's summit failed to produce a cease fire. a commercial plane has crashed into a lake in south sudan killing at least nineteen people officials say the aircraft took off from the capital juba and was landing in the central town of your role in foggy weather authorities say just a few passengers survived including a six year old. and thousands of people marched into u.s.
capitol santiago to remember the military coup forty five years ago demonstrators carried photos of some of the three thousand victims of the ensuing dictatorship some protesters clashed with police after the march. eastern germany has been on edge after violent anti migrant protest script the city of camden it's two weeks ago fears of more on breast rose again on sunday when a man died after a fight with two afghan migrants in the town of code to about one hundred fifty kilometers southwest of berlin some two and a half thousand protesters followed the call of far right groups and gathered there for a march a post-mortem showed the cause of death was acute heart failure not directly linked to his injuries the afghan man had been taken into police custody. run from politics is following this story for us how it's good to see you what exactly
do we know so far about the death of this twenty two year old man. well it was just confirmed very recently in a press conference by the interior minister and the justice minister minister of that federal state where this took place sex in the on that that the man in fact died of a heart attack and that this heart attack was in no way related to the injuries that he sustained apparently injuries were not as serious as was reported but obviously a man must have been and a lot of stress it was a stressful situation he was taken to a hospital after the fight in the park during which these injuries were sustained and then he died in hospital presumably because his heart which was chronically weak he had heart disease for many years because his heart just gave in ok so if the man's death wasn't directly linked to the injuries incurred during his alter patient with the two suspects why have they been arrested well obviously there was a fight there was an assault there was an assault in fact with the result that
someone died there is some form of legal process that has to be followed here these men two afghans one is eighteen the other is twenty five have been taken into custody and is now going to be decided by the police whether they are in some form contravene some laws it seems likely that there will be at least charged with assault and possibly with assault that led to someone's death so there is a reason for the arrests but it's not quite clear exactly what happened during this altercation what the reasons were and in fact the interior ministry and the producer authorities are not able to say at the moment the investigations and to earlier stage at the moment to be able to say exactly what happened tell us more about the demonstration that followed the death of the man in question we had heard a man in a report say we don't want another chemists was this anything like those far right protests we saw in chemist's two weeks ago. there's certainly
a similarity in the sense that within a very short space of time hundreds even thousands of people gathered for these launches. twenty five thousand to inhabitants so it was a very significant. protest a very short notice at the same time there were no incidents of people being attacked to the science of. the only thing that did happen is that there was a speech being given to work a couple of speeches being given. and some of the utterances there. to be investigating those. brand new politics covering the story for us thank you. so much you're watching news still to come folks back and it goes to court here in germany. it could have to fork out billions of damages.