A woman says she was beaten and tortured at one of the internment camps where the Chinese government has detained members of a persecuted ethnic group.

Twenty-nine-year-old Mihrigul Tursun says she was electrocuted and forced to take unknown drugs at a camp for people from the Muslim Uighur (WEE’-guhr) minority. She says she begged authorities to kill her.

She spoke to journalists Monday at the National Press Club in Washington amid a campaign to create awareness of the situation.

Human rights groups say China has detained up to 2 million Uighurs to promote what the government calls “ethnic unity” in the country’s far west.

Tursun was eventually allowed to leave with her Egyptian-born children to Cairo. She now lives in the U.S.

Source: The Associated Press

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