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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Is Religious Freedom In China Really About To Get Worse?

Christian Today, 7 October 2016

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By Carey Lodge — Religious freedom in China could be about to dramatically worsen, campaigners have warned. Tomorrow, the consultation closes for the Chinese public to respond to 26 new laws that would further restrict religious freedom in the country.

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China Plans ‘Very Detailed’ Controls Over Religious Activities

Radio Free Asia, 28 September 2016

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RFA Uyghur Service — Around 20 lawyers, academics and religious leaders have penned a letter to China’s parliament in protest over proposed rules that would intensify a government crackdown on religious activity by the country’s citizens.

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Creeping Islamophobia: China’s Hui Muslims in the Firing Line

The Jamestown Foundation, 20 June 2016

By James Leibold — At the recently convened Central Religious Work Conference Chinese President Xi Jinping stressed the importance of fusing religious doctrines with Chinese culture and preventing the interference of religion in government affairs and education (Xinhua, April 23). These comments were directed, at least partially, at the Hui Muslim minority, marking a troubling extension of often irrational fears over the “Islamization” (伊斯兰化) of Chinese society.

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