China issues new ban in crackdown on Muslims

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The Chinese government announced a ban on a long list of Islamic names this month, in an effort to “curb religious fervor” in the western part of the country occupied by a growing Muslim group.

According to the New York Times, the new ruling is titled, “List of Banned Ethnic Minority Names,” and prohibits parents from choosing certain names for their children.  Over two dozens names are on the list, including:

  • Muhammad
  • Arafat
  • Jihad
  • Mujahid
  • Medina
  • and more…

Also this month, China reportedly announced a ban on long beards and veils in public places.

In the western region of Xinjiang, over 10 million Uighurs live there, which is a Muslim minority group, and the area is considered by the Chinese government as a “hotbed of Islamic extremism and violence.”

If the residents do not comply with the ban, they reportedly risk losing important benefits for their children, including health care and education.

Uighur officials and advocates responded that China’s policies are “increasingly hostile,” and Sophie Richardson, the China director of Human Rights Watch, stated, “This is the latest absurd restriction that the Chinese government has imposed on people in Xinjiang.”

 

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