The east gate of the Old City in Kashgar, Xinjiang autonomous region, China. Photo by Bloomberg.
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Apple Hosts Apps Run by China Paramilitary Group Accused of Uyghur Genocide

Photo: The east gate of the Old City in Kashgar, Xinjiang autonomous region, China. Photo by Bloomberg.

Apple’s App Store has been distributing more than a dozen apps created by a Chinese organization sanctioned by the U.S. for human rights abuses against Muslim minorities in China’s Xinjiang region, The Information has learned.

The apps, which provide news, offer information about government services and help small businesses manage orders for e-commerce, ride hailing and home repairs, were created by various units of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps, a paramilitary organization in charge of the region’s economy and security. Several Western governments and human rights groups have accused the Corps and the regional government of detaining and physically abusing or sterilizing up to 2 million Uyghurs, the ethnically Turkic residents of northwestern China. Chinese officials have repeatedly denied the allegations.

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