(新疆, officially the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region). The “autonomous” region of China whose largest ethnic group is Uyghurs, with another 7% of Ethnic Kazakhs, and Islam as the majority religion. The World Uyghur Congress and other Uyghur organizations do not accept the name Xinjiang, which means “New Frontier” or “New Borderland” and was imposed by Imperial China in 1884, after it conquered or rather reconquered the region, that it had already occupied between 1760 and 1860. Uyghurs prefer the name “East Turkestan,” which was also used by two ephemeral independent states, known as the First (1933) and the Second (1944–49) East Turkestan Republics. In order to avoid the choice between “Xinjiang” and “East Turkestan,” both problematic designations, American scholar Rian Thum suggested to adopt the ancient name of the region, Altishahr (“Six Cities”), which is however rarely used outside of scholarly circles.
Parliaments and Freedom of Religion or Belief: Italy and Taiwan
Do legislative assemblies protect religious liberty? They should, but they do not always succeed, particularly when a country emerges from a non-democratic past.
Court of Rome: Jehovah’s Witnesses “Ostracism” Is Not Illegal
Judges confirmed that counseling members to shun ex-members is part of both corporate religious liberty and the individual right to choose who to associate with
Russia: Muslims Detained As Members of a Non-Existing Movement
Authorities continued to prosecuted those believing to have joined Nurdzhular. There is only one problem, Nurdzhular does not exist.
Jehovas Zeugen und sexueller Missbrauch 2. Belgien und Die Niederlande
Die beiden nordeuropäischen Länder haben Berichte zu diesem Thema in Auftrag gegeben, die an die Öffentlichkeit gebracht wurden, aber sowohl ihre Methodik als auch ihre Ergebnisse sind zu beanstanden.