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Chi collecting D, biometrics from millions in Xinjiang

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  14 Dec 2017 12:00 AM GMT

Beijing, Dec 13: Chinese authorities are collecting D samples, fingerprints and other biometric data of millions of people in the country’s far western Xinjiang region, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said in a report on Wednesday. Officials are also building a database of eye scans and blood types of everyone aged between 12 and 65 in the region, adding to controls in a place some experts called an “open-air prison”, the Guardian reported. The data can be used for “surveillance of persons because of ethnicity, religion, opinion or other protected exercise of rights like free speech”, Human Rights Watch said.

Xinjiang has long been subject to tight controls and is home to over 11 million Uighurs, a Muslim Turkic minority. Heavily armed troops in the region are a common sight. (IANS)

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