China ‘punished’ about 100 minority Uighurs for observing Ramadan fast

International Business Times, 16 June 2017

By Ananya Roy — Chinese authorities have reportedly punished at least 100 Uighur Muslims, an ethnic Turkish group, living in the Xinjiang province for observing Ramadan – the Muslim holy month of fasting. The communist nation has long banned religious practices and activities in the country.

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China Embeds Cadres in Uyghur Homes During Ramadan

Radio Free Asia, 8 June 2017

By Gulchehra Hoja — Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region are doubling down on a bid to prevent Muslim Uyghurs from fasting and praying during Islam’s holy month of Ramadan by embedding Chinese officials in their homes, according to official sources.

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China Extends Ban on ‘Extreme’ Uyghur Baby Names to Children Under 16

Radio Free Asia, 2 June 2017

By Mihray Abdulin — Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region have extended a recently introduced ban on “extreme” Islamic names for ethnic Uyghur babies to include anyone up to the age of 16, according to official sources and residents, and the order may soon include Uyghurs of all ages.

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China’s claims of human rights progress in Xinjiang ‘flimsy propaganda’, say pressure groups

South China Morning Post, 2 June 2017

By Nectar Gan — “Great progress” has been achieved in promoting human rights in Xinjiang under Communist Party rule, the Chinese government said in a white paper issued on Thursday, despite growing criticism among rights and exile groups who accuse Beijing of enforcing sweeping social control measures and placing restrictions on religious practice in the region.

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China is touting its protection of human rights in a Muslim-majority region riven by violence

Quartz, 2 June 2017

By Echo Huang — China put out a policy paper today on human rights in the Muslim-heavy Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, where the Chinese government has been cracking down extensively in recent years. 

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China Observes Ramadan by Praising Itself for ‘Religious Freedom’ in Muslim Xinjiang

Newsline, 2 June 2017

By Frances Martel — The government of China is ringing in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan with a report praising itself for its commitment to human rights in Xinjiang, the westernmost Muslim-populated province in which communist officials have taken large strides to strip public life of Islamic customs.
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Xinjiang Authorities Confiscate ‘Extremist’ Qurans From Uyghur Muslims

Radio Free Asia, 29 May 2017

By Shohret Hoshur — Authorities in northwestern China’s Xinjiang region are confiscating all Qurans published more than five years ago due to “extremist content,” according to local officials, amid an ongoing campaign against “illegal” religious items owned by mostly Muslim ethnic Uyghur residents.

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Restaurants Ordered to Remain Open in Xinjiang Amid Ramadan Fast

Radio Free Asia, 29 May 2017

By Gulchehra Hoja — Authorities in northwest China are implementing a set of “stability maintenance” measures in Xinjiang during Ramadan, but sources say restaurants have been ordered to stay open throughout the Islamic holy month as part of the directive, suggesting efforts to undermine the Muslim tradition of fasting.

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