LONDON - The Chinese Communist Party is accused of locking up hundreds of thousands of Uighurs in internment camps.

In the Uighurs' homeland in Xinjiang, the state operates a system of mass-surveillance and is accused of human rights abuses against the mainly Muslim minority including forced labour and compulsory birth control.

China says the camps are not prisons but schools for ‘thought transformation’ and it continues to deny the abuse of human rights.