New Xinjiang Party Boss Boosts Surveillance, Police Patrols

Radio Free Asia, 18 December 2016

809uh9uohufuzzttzdt6RFA Uyghur Service — Already strict security controls in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region have been tightened further following the August appointment of Chen Quanguo, former party boss in neighboring Tibet, as Communist Party secretary, sources say.

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Uyghur Farmers Sent to School in China ‘Anti-Extremism’ Drive

Radio Free Asia, 14 December 2016

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RFA Uyghur Service — Uyghur farmers in northwestern China’s troubled Xinjiang region are being forced to attend evening classes in a new drive aimed at bringing them in line with official views on religion and government policy, sources in the mostly-Muslim ethnic area say.

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Report all religious activities; China to Xinjiang residents

Business Standard, 24 November 2016

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Business Standard —  has ordered residents in the restive Muslim-majority province to report to authorities all religious activities including circumcision, weddings and funerals as part of efforts to beef-up security, state media reported today.

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Chinese Government Sends Religious Monitors to Xinjiang’s Hotan

Radio Free Asia, 25 October 2016

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RFA Uyghur Service — China has sent more than 350 officials to Hotan (Hetian, in Chinese) prefecture in the northwestern region of Xinjiang for a three-year stint monitoring mosques, RFA’s Uyghur Service has learned.

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China’s New Law Targets Muslim Children For ‘Correction’

Radio Free Asia, 24 October 2016

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RFA Uyghur Service — Chinese authorities in the troubled northwestern region of Xinjiang have enshrined in law a campaign preventing ethnic minority Muslim parents from “forcing” them to follow their faith.

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China bans parents from ‘luring children into religion’ in Muslim province

The Independent, 18 October 2016

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By Lizzie Dearden — The Chinese government is calling on people to report their neighbours, friends and relatives for “luring minors into religious activities” in a province home to the country’s largest Muslim population.

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China targets parents with religion rules in Xinjiang

Al Jazeera, 13 October 2016

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Al Jazeera — Parents and guardians in China’s heavily Muslim region of Xinjiang who encourage or force their children into religious activities will be reported to the police, the government said on Wednesday while unveiling new education rules.

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China Seeks Tighter Grip in Wake of a Religious Revival

The New York Times, 7 October 2016

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By Ian Johnson — The finances of religious groups will come under greater scrutiny. Theology students who go overseas could be monitored more closely. And people who rent or provide space to illegal churches may face heavy fines.

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