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 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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China: Visiting Officials Occupy Homes in Muslim Region

Human Rights Watch, 13 May 2018 

By Human Rights Watch – Chinese officials, since early 2018, have imposed regular “home stays” on families in the predominantly Muslim region of Xinjiang, Human Rights Watch said today. These visits are part of the government’s increasingly invasive “Strike Hard” campaign in the region, home to 11 million Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslim minorities.

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Weekly Brief May 4th

World Uyghur Congress, 4 May 2018

WUC Holds Successful March and Demonstration on 27 April 2018 in Brussels

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) along with its co-organisers, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation (UNPO), held a successful demonstration in Brussels, Belgium on April 27th, 2018.

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Chinese Muslims have to pledge loyalty to the Communist Party before they can leave the country for the journey to Mecca

Business Insider,  24 April 2018

By Rosie Perper & Tara Francis Chan – Chinese Muslims from the autonomous Xinjiang region hoping to embark on the annual Hajj pilgrimage must first pledge their allegiance to the Chinese Communist Party.

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Xinjiang Authorities Use ‘Burial Management Centers’ to Subvert Uyghur Funeral Traditions

Radio Free Asia, 19 April 2018

Authorities in Hotan (in Chinese, Hetian) prefecture, in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, are setting up “burial management centers” as part of what the Uyghur exile community say is a bid to control all aspects of life for members of their ethnic group—even the act of dying.

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Weekly Brief April 13th

World Uyghur Congress, 13 April 2018

WUC Issues Call for Information on Disappearances and Detentions in ‘Re-education’ Camps

This week, the WUC issued an open call for information from the Uyghur community about disappearances or arbitrary detentions of Uyghurs in ‘re-education’ camps in East Turkestan.

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