“Boycott Mulan” trends on Twitter after credits reveal parts of the live-action filming locations. The film was released on Friday on the Disney+ streaming service. Critics pointed out the credits thanking the Chinese Communist Party Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region Committee.
According to the U.N, currently, over 1 million Chinese Uighur Muslims are being detained in government internment camps in the Xinjiang region. The Chinese government has built more than 85 camps in Xinjiang since 2017.
China calls the prison camps in Xinjiang province “re-education” facilities meant to fight extremism and separatism in the region. The U.S. Congressional-Executive Commission on China describes it as “the largest mass incarceration of a minority population in the world today.”
A 2018 U.S. State Department Human Rights report detailed instances of torture, sexual abuse, repressive surveillance measures, forcible eating of pork, and drinking of alcohol (both of which are forbidden for Muslims). The report further details the confiscation of Qurans, and even deaths in the internment camps. The Xinjiang province is native to the Uyghur Muslims.
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“Boycott Mulan” criticized over filming in the area identified with human rights abuses
Grant Major, the film’s production designer, stated in an Architectural Digest interview that his team spent months “in and around the northwest province of Xinjiang.” People are criticizing the filmmakers for shooting in an area identified with extreme human rights abuses.
Furthermore, the Chinese government long denied the existence of the internment camps. However, after satellite images emerged of the camps including watchtowers and barbed wire fences, the government claimed the camps were “re-education centers”.