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.
A statement by the East Turkestan Muslim Scholars Association condemning the killing of Sheikh Abdulhamid Abdullah in Chinse prison.
Authorities in northwest China are implementing a set of “stability maintenance” measures in Xinjiang during Ramadan, but sources say restaurants have been ordered to stay open throughout the Islamic holy month as part of the directive, suggesting efforts to undermine the Muslim tradition of fasting.
Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have detained a Uyghur woman for retweeting social media posts quoting the Quran and other religious content.
Villagers in a remote part of northwestern China’s troubled Xinjiang region are being forced by local authorities to spy on their neighbors, watching constantly for behavior deemed “suspicious” or opposed to Beijing’s rule over the mostly Muslim Uyghur region, sources say.
Chinese authorities have issued a ban on 22 Muslim names among Uyghur residents of Hoten prefecture in northwestern China’s troubled Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to discourage extremism, threatening to forbid children with such names from attending school unless their parents change them, according to local police and residents.
Policy directives ordering ethnic Uyghur shopkeepers in China’s Xinjiang region to stock alcohol and cigarettes are failing in their intended effect, with consumers refusing to buy the products and openly mocking the government’s apparent bid to undermine local Islamic custom, sources say.
The Silk Road trading centre of Kashgar has been Muslim for centuries, but despite hordes of people thronging the main bazaar, Gulnur’s headscarf shop had barely any customers.
Uyghur Muslim sisters: “We can’t practice Islam freely in East Turkestan. If you don’t defend us who will?”
Turkish police on Thursday used tear gas to disperse a group of about 100 protesters at the Chinese Embassy after they knocked down a barricade in anger over China’s treatment of its Uighur Muslim minority.
The Chinese authorities have been doing all they can to discourage Muslim Uighurs from fasting since Ramadan began. Free slices of watermelon were handed out in the middle of the day at Urumqi’s University of Medicine in Xinjiang, a region with a huge Muslim Uighur population.