Issue 5: Amendments to Regulations on Religious Affairs

World Uyghur Congress, 20 May 2018

China passed critical amendments to the Regulations on Religious Affairs – a core piece of legislation that seeks to control and regulate religious practice in China. The amendments hand near total control over religious practice to the state and ensure that all religious activities are closely monitored.

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Issue 4: Uyghur Under 18 Prohibited From All Religious Activity

World Uyghur Congress, 19 May 2018

Young Uyghurs have been prohibited from engaging in any kind of religious activity in East Turkistan. Uyghurs under the age of 18 have been prohibited from entering mosques or participating in any other activities.

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Weekly Brief May 18th

World Uyghur Congress, 18 May 2018

Academics and Journalists Shine Light on Mass Arbitrary Detention of Uyghurs

A number of important academic reports and journalist articles were published this week which highlight the mass arbitrary detention of Uyghurs in so-called ‘re-education’ camps (a more accurate label would be indoctrination camps or concentration camps) and provide details about of the horrific things those detained in the camps are subjected to.

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Issue 3: Uyghur Muslim Names Banned

World Uyghur Congress, 18 May 2018

In April 2017, China banned parents from using ‘Muslim names’ for their children in East Turkistan. A list of 28 names including Islam, Quran, Mecca, Imam, Saddam, Hajj and Medina was published, prohibiting parents from choosing from them.

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Issue 2: Uyghurs Prevented From Performing the Hajj

World Uyghur Congress, 16 May 2018

Uyghurs have been routinely prevented from travelling to Mecca to perform the Hajj. Strict regulations exists that prohibit independent travel to Saudi Arabia, leaving only the possibility of applying through the Chinese government, who now now control the process and carefully monitor those who are lucky enough to be accepted.

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Survivors of China’s far west political camps detail ordeal

Associated Press, 17 May 2018

By Gerry Shih – Hour upon hour, day upon day, Omir Bekali and other detainees in far western China’s new indoctrination camps had to disavow their Islamic beliefs, criticize themselves and their loved ones and give thanks to the ruling Communist Party.

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Issue 1: Ramadan Restrictions in East Turkistan

World Uyghur Congress, 16 May 2018

Unlike anywhere in the world, the Chinese government enacts strict regulations during Ramadan, particularly for the Uyghur Muslim population in East Turkistan.

The Chinese government has banned Uyghur civil servants, students and teachers from fasting during the holy month, providing food and water to students throughout the day. Access to mosques is more tightly controlled, restaurants have been ordered to remain open and in some cases Uyghur intellectuals have been arrested beforehand to silence criticism.

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PRESS RELEASE: WUC to Draw Attention to Religious Persecution of Uyghurs During Month of Ramadan

Press Release – For immediate release
15 May 2018
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
 
www.uyghurcongress.org
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or contact@uyghurcongress.org

The World Uyghur Congress, in collaboration with its affiliates, will mark the holy month of Ramadan by drawing attention to the severe religious persecution and deprivation of religious freedom for the Uyghur people in East Turkistan.

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