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 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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China created a new terrorist threat by repressing secessionist fervor in its western frontier

Quartz, 1 June 2017

By Lindsey Kennedy & Nathan Paul — In the early hours of New Year’s Day in 2017, a heavily armed gunman stormed Reina, an exclusive Istanbul nightclub on the Bosphorus coast, murdering 39. ISIS claimed responsibility for the massacre, but the Turkish deputy prime minister swiftly made an incendiary claim: the perpetrators, he said, were “probably” Uyghur—the ethnically Turkic Muslims indigenous to the region of northwest China officially called the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

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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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Xinjiang woman detained for sharing praise for Allah on social media – reports

Hong Kong Free Press, 10 May 2017

By Elson Tong — New reports of repression against Muslim Uyghurs in China’s northwestern province of Xinjiang have emerged, as a woman was apparently detained for sharing praise for Allah on social media.

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The extraordinary ways in which China humiliates Muslims

The Economist, 5 May 2017

The Economist — Chinese officials describe the far western province of Xinjiang as a “core area” in the vast swathe of territory covered by the country’s grandiose “Belt and Road Initiative” to boost economic ties with Central Asia and regions beyond. They hope that wealth generated by the scheme will help to make Xinjiang more stable—for years it has been plagued by separatist violence which China says is being fed by global jihadism. But the authorities are not waiting.

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Surrealism Abounds in China’s Uyghur Crackdown

The Pacific Standard, 3 May 2017

By Massoud Hayoun — China’s crackdown on its ethnic Uyghurs has targeted the predominantly Muslim minority’s beards, headscarfs, and even kebabs; now Chinese officials are banning some Uyghur baby names.

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