lunedì 23 maggio 2022

China pushes the ‘Sinicization of religion’ in Xinjiang, targeting Uyghurs

(Nuriman Abdureshid -
Officials want to eliminate Islam and Uyghur culture in the western region, analysts say. When Erkin Tuniyaz, chairman of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), visited the largest mosque in Urumqi before the Eid al-Fitr holy day marking the end of Ramadan, he used the opportunity to promote Beijing’s policy of assimilation of non-Chinese people in its far western regions. “According to the arrangements and invitation of the autonomous region party committee, we must hold absolutely tight to the plan for Sinicizing the Islamic religion in Xinjiang and actively take the lead in fitting the Islamic religion into socialist society,” (...)