Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of Xinjiang have ordered Uyghur Muslim families to hand in religious items including prayer mats and copies of the Quran to the authorities.

“We received a notification saying that every single ethnic Uyghur must hand in any Islam-related items from their own home, including Qurans, prayers and anything else bearing the symbols of religion. “They have to be handed in voluntarily. If they aren’t handed in, and they are found, then there will be harsh punishments.

– Dilxat Raxit, World Uyghur Congress

Video written and produced by Isa Ath-Tha’ir and Zein Khalifa

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