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China announces new rules targeting Xinjiang's ethnic Uighur Muslims

China announces new rules targeting Xinjiang's ethnic Uighur Muslims
30 Mar 2017
  • China is stepping up its campaign against religious extremism in the restive Xinjiang region, populated by the Muslim Uighur people.
  • Xinjiang lawmakers have passed new legislation to implement a host of new measures, including prohibition of "abnormal" beards and the wearing of face veils in public areas.
  • Xinjiang has witnessed hundreds of deaths from violence attributed by China to Islamist militants and separatists.

  • New rules prohibit face veils, religious wedding ceremonies
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  • Individuals fully covering their bodies and wearing face veils will be dissuaded from entering public spaces such as stations and airports. They will be reported to the police.
  • Refusing or rejecting state television and radio has been banned.
  • Marriages through religious rather than legal means has been banned along with the use of the name "Halal to meddle in the secular life of others."

  • Children aren't allowed to be named "to exaggerate religious fervour"
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  • The new rules make it mandatory for children to attend regular school and for parents to abide by family planning policies.
  • It's illegal to deliberately damage legal documents.
  • The "abnormal growing of beards and naming of children to exaggerate religious fervour" has been banned.
  • Previously, such rules were applicable in certain areas or towns of Xinjiang. Now they apply to the entire province.

  • Rights groups blame China's repressive policies for increased violence
    China denies abuses
  • Rights groups say the violence in the Xinjian province is a reaction to China's repressive policies.
  • China officially grants freedom of religion and insists it protects the legal, cultural and religious rights of ethnic Uighurs.
  • However, authorities have introduced several measures in recent years to crack down on a perceived increase in religious extremism.
  • But, China vehemently denies committing any abuses in Xinjiang.

  • Uighur women wear veils to express dissent against Chinese rules
    The Uighurs traditionally follow a liberal form of Islam. Yet, there has been a growth in the wearing of face veils among woman in recent years, which according to experts is a means of expressing dissent against Chinese controls.

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