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Muslims face the duress of Chinese crackdown in Ramadan

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    With mosques in the region being periodically demolished and fasting mostly banned, minorities in East Turkistan are bearing the brunt of institutionalised xenophobia.

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    While millions around the world go about fasting as they usually do every year, around 10 million Uighurs and other Muslim groups in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, which is also known as East Turkistan, are facing a brutal crackdown that is making fasting almost impossible.

    China has been long criticised for its crackdown on the Turkic Muslims, who make up almost half of the population of East Turkistan, but its aggressive policies have intensified in recent years and cultural, religious and economic discrimination has become widespread in the area.

    When you’re banned from (not) eating

    The observance of Ramadan has reportedly been banned this year in East Turkistan, as was the case in previous years.

    The 2015 ban included civil servants, students and teachers.

    The Chinese ambassador to Pakistan alleged that Muslims were free to fast in East Turkistan when Ramadan commenced this year, but later confirmed via Twitter that the ban was still, in fact, in place.

    “The restrictions (only apply to) Communist party members, who are atheist, government officials and students (in compulsory education),” he wrote. Needless to say, his tweet was condemned by activists and journalists.

    “Thank you to the Chinese embassy in Islamabad for stating directly that this large swathe of the Muslim population in Xinjiang, including those undergoing ‘compulsory education’ and ‘hard learning’, is not permitted to fast during Ramadan,” tweeted Megha Rajagopalan, a journalist.

    Uighurs say the ban is more widespread than officials claim, with some saying they have been asked to keep an eye out for anyone fasting or face collective punishment, according to World Uighur Congress spokesperson, Dilxat Raxid.

    Raxid also says Uighurs, as well as local and pro-Beijing officials, are closely monitored and pressured into pledging full loyalty to the Communist party.

    When you can’t show any sign of being Muslim

    In China, the ruling communist party considers religious displays a sign of “extremism”, even when practiced in the private sphere.

    That not only includes obvious practices, such as growing a beard, wearing a headcover or praying, but also extends to things people may not do out of religious conviction, such as abstaining from eating during Ramadan or refraining from drinking alcohol.

    In Ramadan, all Uighur students are monitored by the school management and asked to prove that they’re not fasting. If they dare to fast, they are sent to detention centres that Chinese officials call “re-education camps” for “assimilation”, or “hard learning”.

    In fact, an estimated 1 million to 2 million Muslims, mainly Uighurs, are being held in mass concentration camps in China today.

    Almost every Uighur family will have at least one of its members taken into the camps at one point. Former detainees have described being tortured and forced into falsely confessing that they are extremists.

    While China brands the camps “vocational centres'' in which Muslims are “taught” a profession, reports say detainees live in crowded cells and are subjected to a daily regimen of party indoctrination, which led to some suicides. Former detainees also say they were forced to eat port and drink alcohol.

    Watched and violated at every turn

    What Chinese officials call a “health check” is actually one of the strongest tools of surveillance. All Muslims in East Turkistan are asked to provide blood samples and biometric data, including DNA, fingerprints, voice recordings and face scans.

    It is very common for Uighurs to be taken into the detention camps after these health checks.

    The surveillance also extends to relatives, activists say. Rushan Abbas, a human rights activist for the Uighurs, told NPR that her sister and aunt disappeared the same day in which she spoke about conditions at the camps at the Hudson Institute in Washington, DC last year. She says they were likely sent to the camps.

    Uighurs are requested to relinquish their smartphones at checkpoints around the East Turkistan region and many have been arrested for supposedly committing offences on their phones.

    More mosques being razed by the day

    New research suggests that China has systematically destroyed Islamic sites in the region between 2016 and 2018.

    The reports, published on www.bellingcat.com and The Guardian, reported that 31 mosques and two major shrines were either completely or partially destroyed after activists brought the destruction to their attention.

    The Imam Asim shrine, one of the largest in the region, for instance, has only its tomb left. It is impossible for journalists or researchers to conduct a full-scale investigation within the country, but researchers and activists believe that the number of bulldozed religious sites could be thousands more than recorded.

    While mosques are rapidly being destroyed in the region, many Muslims say they fear going to the ones that are left for fear of persecution.

    https://www.trtworld.com/asia/muslims-face-the-duress-of-chinese-crackdown-in-ramadan-26518
     
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    jewish zionist western israeli propaganda
     
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    This needs to be highlighted more aggressively.
     
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    But TRT is a Turkish source
     
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    Turkey is more geographically closer to Israel than China is, therefore Turkey is more likely to be brainwashed by zionists.



















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    China refutes Turkey over Xinjiang:
    第二,新疆各族人民依法享有充分的宗教信仰自由。新疆现在有清真寺和教堂、寺院等宗教活动场所2.5万座,其中清真寺2.44万座,宗教院校8所。新疆地区人口是2440万,其中穆斯林人口约1300万,也就是说平均每530名穆斯林就拥有一座清真寺。而根据公开数据,土耳其人口8200万,清真寺9万座,平均910人才拥有一座清真寺。

    Xinjiang has around 13,000,000 Muslims and 24400 mosques, on average every 530 Muslims for one mosque. Turkey's population is 82,000,000, 90000 mosques, on average 910 people for one mosque.

    Turkey's accusations on Xinjiang's human rights groundless and unacceptable: Chinese Ambassador
    By Liu Caiyu Source:Global Times Published: 2019/2/26 16:16:53
    Turkey's accusations on human rights issues in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region are "groundless and unacceptable," the Chinese Ambassador to Turkey said on Tuesday after the Turkish foreign minister voiced concerns over China's alleged mistreatment of Uyghurs at a UN Human Rights Council session on Monday.

    "Full realization of human rights has long been the goal of all Chinese people, including people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang… who have the same status, enjoy the same rights and fulfill the same obligations according to the law," Chinese Ambassador to Turkey Deng Li said in a statement published on the embassy's official website on Tuesday.

    Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu voiced concerns on Monday at the UN Human Rights Council over China's alleged mistreatment of Uyghurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang and called on Beijing to protect freedom of religion and cultural identity, media reported.

    Cavusoglu also urged China to ensure "full protection of the cultural identities of the Uyghurs."

    This was the second time that Turkey has openly criticized China's policies in Xinjiang this year.

    In early February, China refuted claims made by Turkey's foreign ministry spokesman alleging that a Uyghur musician had died in Xinjiang. The Chinese Embassy in Ankara confirmed the man is still alive and in good health.

    It is not pleasant to see Turkey repeatedly criticize Chinese policy towards Xinjiang. Turkey is making these statements in order to present itself as a great power in the international system, Li Bingzhong, director of the Center for Turkish Studies with Shaanxi Normal University, told the Global Times.

    Openly criticizing China is a means by which Turkey can present itself as a leader in the Muslim world, Li noted.

    Zan Tao, a professor from Peking University, told the Global Times that given that this time was not the president or higher leader of the country openly criticizing China, Turkey has no intention of damaging good diplomatic ties with China.

    Turkey believes that openly bringing up the Xinjiang issue would help their party to win more seats in the upcoming domestic election, Zan noted.

    Deng reiterated that the fundamental purpose of the Chinese government's counter-terrorism campaign and de-radicalization work is to ensure the safety and property of all people in China, including people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang.

    These are the actions that all responsible governments should and must take, said Deng. No one knows more than the Chinese people what they need, and no one has the right to dictate Chinese people's efforts to safeguard their own peace and develop their own human rights cause, Deng noted.

    The Chinese government fully guarantees the right of all ethnic groups to use their own languages, while promoting the use of the country's common national language, according to Deng.

    There are 52 newspapers and 120 magazines printed in the languages of ethnic minorities in Xinjiang. Xinjiang Television airs 12 programs in four ethnic languages, Deng said.

    Deng also noted that the Chinese government insists on freedom of religion. China has published and translated various classics from Islam, Buddhism and Christianity in multiple languages.

    The region is home to more than 25,000 religious venues, including 24,400 mosques. On average, there is a mosque for every 530 Muslims, a proportion that is higher than in Turkey, Deng said.

    Global Times

    Government allows Muslims in Shanghai to use Shanghai city street to pray, Shanghai police blocked the street for Muslims doing their service, Shanhai is the biggest city in China.



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    Mosque in China's youngest city , Shenzhen
     
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