Issue 10: Restrictions on Imams

World Uyghur Congress, 25 May 2018

Imams are the religious leaders in the Islamic faith, but they have come under heavy restrictions and pressure from the Chinese government in East Turkistan.

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Issue 8: Destruction of Mosques

World Uyghur Congress, 23 May 2018

Mosques have sadly been at the forefront of repressive policies from the Chinese government targeting the Uyghur people’s freedom of religion. Mosques are places of worship and form the centre of religious life for Uyghur Muslims, but they have come under heavy restrictions, or have been demolished entirely.

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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
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or

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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New Evidence for China’s Political Re-Education Campaign in Xinjiang

The Jamestown Foundation, 15 May 2018

By Adrian Zenz – Since summer of 2017, troubling reports in Western media outlets about large-scale detentions of ethnic Muslim minorities (including Uyghurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz) in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have multiplied (RFA, May 4). These reports include substantial anecdotal and eyewitness evidence describing a network of clandestine “re-education camps” in which detainees can be held indefinitely without process or recourse (AP News, December 17, 2017; Wall Street Journal, December 19, 2017).

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Weekly Brief May 11th

World Uyghur Congress, 11 May 2018

China Escalates Religious Persecution of Uyghurs Before Ramadan

As Uyghur Muslims prepare for the start of Ramadan next week, the Chinese government has been cracking down on freedom of religion, punishing Uyghurs for educating their children about religion & imprisoning those who share religious material on their phones.

It was reported this week by Radio Free Asia that a prominent Uyghur Imam was arrested an sentenced to 5 years in prison for taking his child to an unsanctioned religious school to meet other children. The younger generation in particular has been targeted and are not allowed to enter mosques or receive religious instructions from their parents. The Chinese government is trying to erode any religious sentiments among Uyghur children to ensure that future generations of Uyghurs have no ties to religion.

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China Reports Arrests of Uyghurs, Han Chinese For Sharing ‘Extremist’ Content

Radio Free Asia, 10 May 2018

By Alim Seytoff – Chinese authorities in the northwestern Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have detained 15 individuals accused of spreading “extremist and illegal” content online following tips handed in by informers, Chinese state media said on Thursday.

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China’s Xinjiang Crackdown Continues

The Diplomat, 31 March 2018

By Cal Wong – In recent months, the Chinese government has stepped up security intensity in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region. A public alarm system rings out three times a day through the streets of Kashgar in Xinjiang, after which shopkeepers “rush out of their stores swinging government-issued wooden clubs,” according to Reuters. These are part of mandatory anti-terror drills supervised by local police. The shopkeepers fight off imaginary knife-wielding terrorists, while armored vehicles drive around menacingly.

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Growing Religious Persecution In China A Symptom Of Xi’s Consolidation Of Power

Forbes, 28 March 2018

By Olivia Enos – Dozens gathered in Washington, D.C., last week to commemorate the life of Li Baiguang, a well-known human rights lawyer and advocate for Christians in China. Li died on Feb. 25 under suspicious circumstancesafter being admitted to Chinese Military Hospital No. 81 complaining of minor stomach pains. This was not the first time that Li’s life was under threat.

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