Chinese Muslims told ‘hand over Qur’ans and prayer mats or face harsh punishment’

China’s Uyghur Muslims pray (Shutterstock)
Updated 29 September 2017
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Chinese Muslims told ‘hand over Qur’ans and prayer mats or face harsh punishment’

DUBAI: The Chinese government has launched a crackdown on Muslims in the Xinjiang territory in northwestern China – ordering copies of the Qur’an and prayer mats be handed over, or face harsh punishment, Radio Free Asia has reported.
Dilxat Raxit, a spokesman for the human rights group, the World Uyghur Congress said people in several regions had been notified that all Uyghur people must hand over all religious items related to Islam – including copies of the Qur’an and prayer mats.
The information was also broadcast across social media network WeChat, instructing people to hand the items in to government authorities.
The government has targeted Qur’ans in the region for the last five years because it is claimed the holy book contains “extremist content.”
The clampdown is part of the “Three Illegals and One Item” campaign targeting what the Chinese government considers “illegal” religious items owned by mostly Muslim Uyghurs.
The Uyghur Human Rights Project Director Omer Kanat said: “The new religious regulations demonstrate how Xi Jinping’s administration is founded on division. In Xi’s China loyalty is demanded and not earned. Ethnic minorities, dissidents and people of faith present a challenge to Beijing’s vision of unquestioned allegiance to the state. If these groups do not fall into line, their vilification creates a convenient scapegoat for a morally compromised government.”
Muslims are being told to hand over the religious items “voluntarily” to authorities, if any are found in searches then offenders will face harsh punishments.


EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker to visit Donald Trump to talk trade on July 25

Updated 17 July 2018
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EU’s Jean-Claude Juncker to visit Donald Trump to talk trade on July 25

  • European Commission president will meet US president in Washington
  • Trade tensions rose after the United States imposed import tariffs on EU steel and aluminum

BRUSSELS: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will visit US President Donald Trump in Washington on July 25 to discuss strained trade ties between the two.
“President Juncker and President Trump will focus on improving transatlantic trade and forging a stronger economic partnership,” the Commission said in a statement on Tuesday that announced the date.
Trade tensions rose after the United States imposed import tariffs on EU steel and aluminum at the start of June and have increased with Trump’s threat that those tariffs could extend to EU cars.