The film production company Disney is under fire for shooting its new film Mulan in Xinjiang province where the Chinese government is committing serious human rights abuses against Muslims
The final credits on the film thank a government security agency in Xinjiang province, where about 1m people – mostly Muslim Uighurs – are thought to be detained.
Social media users noticed that in the credits Disney thanked a number of government entities in Xinjiang, including the public security bureau in the city of Turpan and the “publicity department of CPC Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomy Region Committee.”
The public security bureau in Turpan is reported to be tasked with running China’s “re-education” camps where Uyghurs are held in detention. And it is thought the “publicity department” named by Disney is responsible for producing state propaganda in the region.
The World Uyghur Congress, which is partially funded by the U.S. government, tweeted: “in the new Mulan, Disney thanks the public security bureau in Turpan, which has been involved in the internment camps in East Turkistan.”
Mulan is a live-action Disney remake which tells the tale of a girl warrior in ancient China. Mulan (Liu Yifei) risks shame for her family when she dresses as a boy and goes to fight in her father’s place.
Disney has not commented on the row over the locations and the credits.
China says its detention camps in Xinjiang are necessary to improve security and crack down on extremism and terrorism.