China Bans Ramadan for Uighur Muslims

OnIslam, 2 July 2014

XINJIANG — Reviving every year’s nightmare, Chinese authorities have banned Muslim civil servants, students and teachers from fasting during the holy month of Ramadan, a restriction that has been imposed on Uighur Muslims in Muslim majority Turkestan district, known as Xinjiang.

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China bans Xinjiang officials from observing Ramadan fast

BBC News, 2 July 2014

Several government departments in China’s far western region of Xinjiang have banned Muslim staff from fasting during the month of Ramadan. One department website said that civil servants cannot “take part in fasting and other religious activities”.

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China bans Ramadan fasting in East Turkestan

World Bulletin, 2 July 2014

Exiled Uighur groups and human rights activists say the government’s repressive policies in East Turkestan, including controls on Islam, have provoked unrest, a claim Beijing denies.

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China Bans Ramadan Fast in Muslim Northwest

ABC News, 2 July 2014

Students and civil servants in China’s Muslim northwest, where Beijing is enforcing a security crackdown following deadly unrest, have been ordered to avoid taking part in traditional fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

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China Bans Ramadan: Uyghur Muslims Punished for Fasting in Holy Month

IBT, 2 July 2014

Uighur men wait for the beginning of Friday prayers inside Altyn Mosque in Yarkand, in the region of XinjiangReuters. The Chinese government has banned Muslims in the Xinjiang region from celebrating Ramadan, the month of fasting.

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China restricts Ramadan fasting in Xinjiang

The National, 2 July 2014

BEIJING // China has banned civil servants, students and teachers in its mainly Muslim Xinjiang region from taking part in Ramadan fasting, government websites said, prompting condemnation from an exile group on Wednesday.

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Beijing has banned Ramadan for many Muslims in Xinjiang

QZ, 2 July 2014

Ramadan, the Islamic religious festival marked by a month of fasting, officially started June 28 around the world but has been effectively cancelled for many Muslims in Western China. Government offices, hospitals and schools in China’s Xinjiang region, where about half the 22 million population is Muslim, have banned the traditional sunup to sundown fast and other religious activities, according to notifications on local school and government websites.

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UAA Calls for Accountability for the Dead and Missing Five Years after July 5 Urumchi Unrest

For immediate Release
July 1, 2014, 2:35 pm EST
Contact: Uyghur American Association +1 (202) 478 1920

The Uyghur American Association (UAA) calls on the international community to join Uyghurs across the world in commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Chinese government’s violent suppression of a peaceful demonstration in Urumchi on July 5, 2009. UAA asks multilateral organizations and concerned governments to publicly express alarm over the lack of transparency surrounding the dispersal of protesters and to ask China to account for the number of dead and disappeared. 

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