China’s Muslim minority banned from using their own language in schools

The Independent, 3 August 2017

By Caroline Mortimer – A majority Muslim group in China have been banned from using its language in schools.

The Uighur population in the restive western Xinjiang province, are ethnically distinct from China’s majority Han population.

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China Bans Uyghur Language in Schools in Key Xinjiang Prefecture

Radio Free Asia, 28 July 2017

By Eset Sulaiman  Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region have issued a directive completely banning the use of the Uyghur language at all education levels up to and including secondary school, according to official sources, and those found in violation of the order will face “severe punishment.”

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Sweeping counter-terrorism measures in China’s Xinjiang ‘creating huge police state’

Agence France-Press, 13 July 2017

By APF — Worshippers quietly passed through metal detectors as they entered the central mosque in China’s far western city of Kashgar under the stern gaze of stone-faced police officers. 

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VOICES: ‘We Are Not Extremists’ – Activists Talk Chinese Suppression

The News Lens, 21 June 2017

News Lens International — Political activists from Hong Kong, Inner Mongolia and Xinjiang say they are facing increased suppression from Beijing. Hong Kong Indigenous Party founder Ray Wong (黃台仰), World Uyghur Congress Vice President Umit Hamit and Inner Mongolian People’s Party Chair Temtsiltu Shobtsood were in Taiwan last month.

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Uyghurs Rally Around Language in Face of Pressures From China

Radio Free Asia, 15 June 2017

By Eset Sulayman — Members of the worldwide community of Uyghurs rallied on Thursday in defense of their language, warning that their Turkic tongue and cultural identity are under threat from heavy-handed Chinese policies to assimilate the central Asian ethnic group.

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Uyghur Names as Signal and Noise

Art of Life, 9 June 2017

By Darren Byler — On May 10, 2017, Xinjiang University, the largest university in the Uyghur Autonomous Region, held a mass rally in the school’s sports complex. Thousands of Uyghur, Han and other ethnic minority students and faculty members were asked to attend the event in order to hear Communist Party leaders discuss what they referred to as “the overall goal.”

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Muslim children forced to drop ‘religious’ names in western China

The Guardian, 3 June 2017

By Benjamin Haas — Muslim children in China’s far western Xinjiang region are being forced to change their “religious” names and adults are being coerced into attending rallies showing devotion to the officially atheist Communist party.

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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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