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The treatment of Uighur Muslims in China’s northwestern territory of Xinjiang is slowly becoming a global scandal. Lily Kuo, our Beijing bureau chief, has been reporting on the Chinese state’s mass internment camps (later rebranded as “training schools”) for the past six months. Her latest report looks at the Luopu County No 1 Vocational Skills Training Centre, just one of the benignly named camps in which the UN believes that 1.1 million Uighurs, Kazakhs, Hui and other ethnic minorities are detained. Kuo also travelled to Chengdu to hear how the state is moving against Christian churches in a bid to stifle dissent.
December’s presidential election in the Democratic Republic of the Congo was supposed to mark a turning point in the central African nation – the first democratic handover of power since 1960. It would also mark the end of the 18-year rule of Joseph Kabila. But while Kabila’s choice of successor, Emmanuel Shadary, lost decisively, it’s thought that the declared victor, Felix Tshisekedi, is the beneficiary of a deal with Kabila. That’s certainly what Martin Fayulu – another opposition leader – thinks. He has called the result an “electoral coup”. Leaders across Africa will be keenly watching what happens in DR Congo, writes our Africa correspondent Jason Burke. Some will be keen to find out the truth of the election. Others may be looking on enviously at how Kabila has managed to maintain a hold on power – if not elected office.