Authorities in China's restive northwestern region of Xinjiang have
banned Muslim officials and students from fasting during Ramadan, prompting
an exiled rights group to warn of new violence.
Guidance posted on numerous government websites called on Communist Party
leaders to restrict Muslim religious activities during the holy month,
including fasting and visiting mosques.
Xinjiang is home to around nine million Uighurs, a Turkic speaking, largely
Muslim ethnic minority, many of whom accuse China's leaders of religious
and political persecution.
he region has been rocked by repeated outbreaks of ethnic violence, but
China denies claims of repression and relies on tens of thousands of
to help it govern Xinjiang.
A statement from Zonglang township in Xinjiang's Kashgar district said that
"the county committee has issued comprehensive policies on maintaining
social stability during the Ramadan period.
"It is forbidden for Communist Party cadres, civil officials (including
those who have retired) and students to participate in Ramadan religious
The statement, posted on the Xinjiang government website, urged party
leaders to bring "gifts" of food to local village leaders to ensure that
they were eating during Ramadan.
milar orders on curbing Ramadan activities were posted on other local
government websites, with the educational bureau of Wensu county urging
schools to ensure that students do not enter mosques during Ramadan.
The holy month began in Xinjiang on July 20. The orders to curb religious
activities were sent out across the region at different times, some before
the start of Ramadan and some afterwards.
During Ramadan, Muslims fast from dawn to dusk and strive to be more pious
An exiled rights group, the World Uyghur Congress, warned the policy would
force "the Uighur people to resist (Chinese rule) even further."
"By banning fasting during Ramadan, China is using administrative methods
to force the Uighur people to eat in an effort to break the fasting," said
group spokesman Dilshat Rexit in a statement.
Xinjiang saw its worst ethnic violence in recent times in July, 2009, when
Uighurs attacked members of the nation's dominant Han ethnic group in the
city of Urumqi, sparking clashes in which 200 people from both sides died,
according to the government.
Why china progresses far ahead while we do not any religious activity must
be within the four walls or the designated place of worship ensuring that
it does not disturb others in any way directly physically or mentally and
besides it should never be forced on anybody if any religion does that then
it becomes the duty of the government to do some counter activity like this.
MAO did it in the beginning by saying Christianity can build churches and
conduct prayers anywhere in China but everything must be conducted only in
Latin , thereby he ensured to stop the spread of Christianity, now these
positive moves will ensure that activities of economic development will not
be hampered . China is very clear about its priorities and does not
entertain many nonsense that goes under the garb of freedom.
If there is total lack of freedom as claimed by the western media then how
come it has the highest population living happily there and how come they
have advanced in almost all spheres of human activity and actual super
power of the world without wasting their money by trying to show off they
are one through militarily meddling in other soils