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Chinese government’s further attack on Islam as Ramadan fasting is banned


Muslims praying at a mosque in China's western province of Xinjiang

Muslims praying at a mosque in China’s western province of Xinjiang

A number of government departments in China’s Xinjiang province have banned Muslim staff from observing the fast during the month of Ramadan in yet another attack on the rights of the country’s religious minorities.

Activists have accused Beijing of exaggerating the threat from the country’s Muslim Uighur separatists to justify a crackdown on the religious and cultural freedoms of the majority of the region’s citizens.

The State-administered Bozhou Radio and TV University said on its website that the fasting ban applied to party members, teachers and young people: “We remind everyone that they are not permitted to observe a Ramadan fast,” it said.

The weather bureau of Xinjiang is reported to have said on its website that the ban was “in accordance with instructions from higher authorities.”

Other government agencies imposing a ban include a commercial affairs department and a government hospital which got Muslim staff to sign a written pledge that they would not fast and State-run newspapers have been running editorials warning about the health dangers of fasting.

Many of the country’s ethnic Uighurs say that the suppression of their cultural and religious freedoms is fuelling the unrest in the region and attacks elsewhere in China.

If China wishes to calm the current situation in Xinjiang, it is going about it in entirely the wrong way.

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