Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Great Regulars: Authorities in the troubled northwestern region

of Xinjiang have begun keeping registers of religious believers, in a fresh move that appears targeted at the region's population of 9 milllion mostly Muslim Uyghurs, many of whom chafe under Chinese rule.

Photos of such a register from the offices of the Bulaqsu township government near Kashgar city were circulated online this week, showing the assignment of various categories to those on the register, including "strongly religious but holds no religious office," "woman who wears a veil," and "person studying the Quran."

from Luisetta Mudie: Radio Free Asia: China Registering the Religious in Xinjiang


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