The largest part of the population (46,5 %) in Xinjiang, where Han Chinese have however grown to 39% through a government-sponsored immigration program aimed at sinicization. Uyghurs are not ethnically Chinese and speak their own Turkic Uyghur language. Many Uyghurs do not speak Chinese at all. The overwhelming majority of the Uyghurs are Sunni Muslim. They experience a severe religious persecution, and one million of them have been taken to the dreaded transformation through education camps.
Provisional Asylum Granted to Two Refugees from China in Kazakhstan
For the first time, authorities admit that ethnic Kazakhs are persecuted in Xinjiang. The two asylum seekers tell their story to Bitter Winter.
Ancestral Temples Repurposed for Public Use
Even the venues where familial clans meet to honor their ancestors and celebrate important events have become targets of the CCP’s crackdown on religion.
Pilgrimage to Mecca Allowed Only for “Patriotic” Chinese Muslims
New regulations on the Hajj by the State Administration of Religious Affair will come into force on December 1, and impose a stricter control
Religious Venues Lacking State-Issued Permits Face Demolition
The CCP demands worship places to get religious activity venue registration certificates but denies almost all requests, creating a “legal” basis for persecution.