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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International Uyghur Language Day 2017: Linguistic rights a cornerstone in protecting Uyghur identity

Uyghur Human Rights Project, 16 June 2017

UHRP — On the occasion of International Uyghur Language Day, June 15th 2017, the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) invites all concerned individuals, human rights groups and governments to speak out against Chinese government policies aimed at undermining the linguistic rights of the Uyghur people. UHRP also encourages the international community to protect linguistic diversity as a critical aspect of building resilient ethnic minorities in an age cultural assimilation.

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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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The World Uyghur Congress Supports UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day

Press Release – For immediate release
21 February 2017
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
0049 (0) 89 5432 1999 or


The World Uyghur Congress, on this 17th anniversary of the inauguration of UNESCO’s International Mother Language Day, would like to recognize the importance of the preserving traditional languages amid often tremendous pressure to assimilate. This issue is of particular importance to the Uyghur people as the Uyghur language has been under threat for decades.

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China to Push Mandarin for Minorities

Reuters, 26 January 2017


Reuters — China will “unswervingly” stick to the promotion of Mandarin for ethnic minorities, the government said on Tuesday of a policy that has ignited sporadic protests, and will also step up protection for threatened tongues on the verge of extinction.

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