Issue 12: Uyghurs’ Smartphones Checked for Religious Content

World Uyghur Congress, 27 May 2018

In clear connection between freedom of expression and movement, Uyghurs are very often stopped and searched by police and are forced to hand over their smartphones. Their phones are then checked for “religious content” deemed unacceptable and are often detained. Simply possessing religious videos or texts can now land Uyghurs in prison on extremism charges. Others have been arrested for trying to “illegally access websites” with religious content.

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Issue 11: Detentions on Religious Charges – Abdukerim Abduweli

World Uyghur Congress, 26 May 2018

Abdukerim Abduweli, born in Aksu Prefecture in 1955, is a renowned Islamic scholar and Imam who was initially arrested on November 17th, 1990 on charges of “carrying out counter-revolutionary propaganda and agitation” related to religious activities by the Urumqi city Intermediate People’s Court.

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Issue 10: Restrictions on Imams

World Uyghur Congress, 25 May 2018

Imams are the religious leaders in the Islamic faith, but they have come under heavy restrictions and pressure from the Chinese government in East Turkistan.

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Weekly Brief May 25th

World Uyghur Congress, 25 May 2018

WUC Urges German Chancellor Merkel to Publicly Raise Mass Internment of Uyghurs During China Visit

In anticipation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s official visit to China from 24-25 May, the WUC  issued a press release strongly urging the German government to publicly raise China’s abysmal human rights record, especially the mass arbitrary detention of 1 million Uyghurs, when meeting with Chinese officials.

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Issue 9: Uyghur Businesses Forced to Sell Alcohol and Cigarettes

World Uyghur Congress, 24 May 2018

Uyghur Muslims businesses have been forced by Chinese authorities to sell alcohol and cigarettes on numerous occasions across East Turkistan. Many Uyghurs abstain from drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes in accordance to their Muslim faith. Forcing shops run by Uyghur Muslims to sell these products shows a disregard for their religious beliefs and an intentional attempt by the Chinese government to undermine Islam in East Turkistan.

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Issue 8: Destruction of Mosques

World Uyghur Congress, 23 May 2018

Mosques have sadly been at the forefront of repressive policies from the Chinese government targeting the Uyghur people’s freedom of religion. Mosques are places of worship and form the centre of religious life for Uyghur Muslims, but they have come under heavy restrictions, or have been demolished entirely.

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Issue 7: Uyghurs Imprisoned for Religious Reasons – Part 1: Buzainafu Abudourexiti & Abdusemet Qarihaji

World Uyghur Congress, 22 May 2018

As part of the WUC’s campaign to highlight the religious persecution of Uyghurs during Ramadan, the WUC will also draw attention to Uyghurs who have been imprisoned for their religious beliefs or for peacefully practicing their religion.

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Uyghur Schoolchildren, Parents Forced to Abstain From Fasting During Ramadan

Radio Free Asia, 21 May 2018

By Gulchehra Hoja – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are forcing Uyghur students and their parents to sign pledges that they will not fast during the holy Islamic month of Ramadan in a bid to further undermine the religious traditions of the mostly Muslim ethnic group.

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