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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ISSUE 6: BAN ON LONG BEARDS AND ISLAMIC VEILS

World Uyghur Congress, 21 May 2018

In April 2017, the Chinese government implemented a raft of restrictive measures targeting religious freedom, including banning Uyghur men from growing long or “abnormal” beards and Uyghur women from wearing Islamic veils.

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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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