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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Weekly Brief May 25th

World Uyghur Congress, 25 May 2018

WUC Urges German Chancellor Merkel to Publicly Raise Mass Internment of Uyghurs During China Visit

In anticipation of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s official visit to China from 24-25 May, the WUC  issued a press release strongly urging the German government to publicly raise China’s abysmal human rights record, especially the mass arbitrary detention of 1 million Uyghurs, when meeting with Chinese officials.

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Issue 9: Uyghur Businesses Forced to Sell Alcohol and Cigarettes

World Uyghur Congress, 24 May 2018

Uyghur Muslims businesses have been forced by Chinese authorities to sell alcohol and cigarettes on numerous occasions across East Turkistan. Many Uyghurs abstain from drinking alcohol or smoking cigarettes in accordance to their Muslim faith. Forcing shops run by Uyghur Muslims to sell these products shows a disregard for their religious beliefs and an intentional attempt by the Chinese government to undermine Islam 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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China’s Bingtuan paramilitary force tightens grip on Xinjiang

Financial Times, 22 May 2018

By Emily Feng – In Hotan county, in the south-west of China’s remote Xinjiang region, where once there was only barren desert, rows of trees have taken root, bearing red dates and pomegranates.

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Issue 7: Uyghurs Imprisoned for Religious Reasons – Part 1: Buzainafu Abudourexiti & Abdusemet Qarihaji

World Uyghur Congress, 22 May 2018

As part of the WUC’s campaign to highlight the religious persecution of Uyghurs during Ramadan, the WUC will also draw attention to Uyghurs who have been imprisoned for their religious beliefs or for peacefully practicing their religion.

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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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