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Uyghur cops copping it

HONG KONG (UCAN): Relatives of Uyghur police force personnel are now being detained as part of a crackdown on the ethnic Muslim group in the Xinjiang region of China. It had been an unwritten agreement that the families of security personnel enforcing the crackdown were off limits, but now the cops are beginning to cop it.
 

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Kazakh students detained in Xinjiang

HOTAN (UCAN): Authorities in China’s Xinjiang region are thought to be detaining ethnic minority Kazakhs for wearing Islamic clothing and praying, a practice forbidden by the Communist Party on university campuses.
 
Radio Free Asia reported Kazakh sources as estimating that more than 20 Kazakhs have gone missing—believed detained—and details are only available on a few of them.
 

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Restrictions in Xinjiang tighten

HONG KONG (SE): Persecution in the Xinjiang area of China of the tiny group of Muslim Kyrgyz people has reached a new level with re-education centres being opened for those who violate religious laws.
 
Radio Free Asia reported on August 23 that the small group is facing similar restrictions as the majority Uyghur people.
 

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Uyghurs’ phones targeted by police

BEIJING (AsiaNews): Since mid-July, Muslim people of Uyghur background in Xinjiang have been required by the Chinese government to install an application ostensibly designed to monitor terrorism, but it is claimed by AsiaNews to monitor telephone communications.
 
Anyone who refuses to install the spyware app becomes liable to 10 days in prison.
 

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Colonisation by language

URUMQI (SE): The use of the Uyghur language in schools in the Xinjiang region of China has been banned by the government and an official announcement says that those violating the order will face severe punishment.
 
The ban is being seen as one of the strongest repressive measures yet imposed by Beijing to try and assimilate ethnic Muslim Uyghurs.
 

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China tightens screws on Muslims

HONG KONG (SE): Muslims from the predominantly Uyghur populated region of Xinjiang in China are being detained by the hundreds upon return from pilgrimages overseas.
 
Radio Free Asia reports that local courts in the northwestern region are being told to deal with anyone engaging in any form of illegal religious activity.
 
The United States of America-funded broadcasting station quoted a human rights lawyer as saying, “There is a huge crackdown in Xinjiang.”
 

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Old Qur’ans confiscated in Xinjiang

HONG KONG (UCAN): Government officials in the Xinjiang region of China are confiscating all copies of the Qur’an that were published more than five years ago for fear that they may contain extremist content.
 
The move is being described as part of an ongoing campaign against illegal religious items in the possession of the majority Muslim Uyghur people.
 

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What’s in a name? In Xinjiang a lot

HOTAN (SE): “What’s in a name?” is a frequently asked throwaway line, but it seems that if you are a Muslim and live in Xinjiang province of China there may be a lot more than meets the eye.
 
Provincial authorities have banned dozens of names that have a religious connotation and are widely used by Muslims in other parts of the world from being given to babies.
 

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Crackdown on religious customs in Xinjiang