Category Archives: Uighurs

Beijing circulates anti-Muslim posters

Anti-Muslim posters have emerged in China, warning citizens to be aware of ‘people with beard, black clothes or black robes’.

Beijing, Sep 8 (IBNS): Anti-Muslim posters have emerged in China, warning citizens to be aware of ‘people with beard, black clothes or black robes’.
Among other things, the poster contains: “No smoking/drinking: Be vigilant to underground weekly preaching.”

The caricatures following the instructions are that of stereotypical image of a Muslim man and a woman.

The poster also described the Uyghur flag as ‘suspicious’.

Putting up a Uyghur flag, the poster said: “Blue flag with the moon and the star, these markings are suspicious.”

This comes post the crack down on Islamic names, long beards and burqa by the Chinese government.

Over the years, Beijing has riled many human rights watchdogs for its behaviour towards the ethnic Uyghur, who it treats as dissidents.

h/t Marvin


China bans religious names for Muslim babies

Prospective parents in China’s Xinjiang region – home to 10 of the country’s 23 million Muslims – will now have to consult a list of banned Islamic baby names or risk long-lasting consequences, it has been reported.

While names with religious meanings are used by Muslims around the world, authorities in the north-western region of Xinjiang have compiled a catalogue of names deemed to be “overly religious”, the US-funded Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported. Children with a banned name would be barred from the household registration system, or Hukou, which is necessary to access social services, healthcare and education.


China punishes official for not smoking near fellow Muslims accusing him of being uncommitted to fighting extremism

These kids are clearly dedicated to fighting Muslim extremism.

Authorities in China’s restive Xinjiang region have punished a local official for declining to smoke in front of Muslim elders.

The act was seen that as a sign that the official was insufficiently committed to the region’s fight against religious extremism, according to a government report and state media Tuesday.

Jelil Matniyaz, the Communist Party head of a village in Hotan Prefecture, was demoted for ‘not daring’ to smoke in front of religious figures, said the report, issued Saturday and reproduced by official newspapers and websites.


China calls for a ‘people’s war’ against fanatics as it warns that Islamic extremism is spreading through the country

China is hardening its rhetoric on Islam, with top officials making repeated warnings about the spectre of global religious extremism seeping into the country.

A top Communist party official from a Muslim dominant region on Sunday warned political leaders gathered in Beijing that China is becoming destabilised by the ‘international anti-terror situation’.

Over the past year, Chinese President Xi Jinping has directed the party to ‘sinicise’ the country’s ethnic and religious minorities, while regional leaders in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region have ramped up surveillance measures, police patrols and demonstrations amid an uptick in violence blamed on Islamic separatists.


The Islamic State Just Threatened China. What Will Beijing Do?

Earlier this week, Uyghur foreign fighters with the self-proclaimed Islamic State featured in a propaganda video released by the group threatening attacks in China. In the video, the fighters threaten that Chinese blood will “flow in rivers” and that they will plant their caliphate’s flag in China. (The SITE Intelligence Group has a deeper analysis and translation of the video available here.)

China has long worried that disaffected ethnic Uyghurs — primarily based in the restive western province of Xinjiang, but also across the Chinese border in Central Asia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan — would serve as a powerful vector for the Islamic State to set its sights on Chinese targets.

What will China do? It will end in Mass Graves.


Bloody ISIS video puts China in cross-hairs

BEIJING (AFP) – ISIS militants from China’s Uighur ethnic minority have vowed to return home and “shed blood like rivers”, according to a militant-tracking firm, in what experts said marked the first ISIS threat against Chinese targets.

The threat came in a half-hour video released Monday (Feb 28) by a division of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group in western Iraq and featuring militants from China’s Uighur ethnic group, said the US-based SITE Intelligence Group, which analysed the footage.

China has for years blamed exiled Uighur “separatists” for a series of violent attacks in its western Xinjiang region – the Uighur homeland – and warned of the potential for militants to link up with global militant groups.

In the video, a Uighur fighter issued the threat against China just before executing an alleged informant.


Muslims kill 5 in China terror attack

Eight people are dead after a knife attack in China’s restive Xinjiang region.

Three assailants killed five people and injured 10 others before they were shot dead by police on Tuesday in Pishan county, local officials said.

No motive was given, but the government often blames Muslim separatists for such attacks.

Xinjiang, an autonomous region, is home to China’s Uighur ethnic minority, which is predominantly Muslim.
The region has suffered years of unrest.

Rights groups say the violence is due to the tight controls by the government on the religion and culture of Uighurs. The government denies any repression.


Istanbul attack: Why China’s Uighurs are joining global jihadist groups

‘We need to look at the Uighur conflict in the context of Islamic jihad and fundamentalism’

Turkish Deputy Prime Minister Veysi Kaynak said Thursday that the gunman who attacked Istanbul’s Reina nightclub during New Year’s celebrations is likely from China’s Muslim Uighur minority and was a “specially trained member of a (terror) cell.” Turkish authorities have also arrested a number of people of Uighur origin over the attack that killed 39 people.

Uighur Muslims, a Turkic-speaking minority in China’s northwestern Xinjiang province, have long faced persecution by the country’s communist authorities. They are a distinct and mostly Sunni Muslim community and one of the 55 recognized ethnic minorities in China. However, the Uighurs feel increasingly suppressed and view Beijing as a “colonizing power” attempting to undermine their cultural identity, political rights, and religion and to exploit their region’s natural resources.


China orders all residents in Muslim-dominant province to hand in their passports to ‘maintain social order’

China has ordered that residents of one of its heavily Muslim populated provinces return their passports.

State mouth piece Global Times explained on November 23 in a report that the move in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region was to ‘maintain social order’.

Those wishing to use their passports will have to apply to the local police station for the return of the documents.


Parents in majority Muslim region of China banned from ‘luring’ children into religion

In a bid to curb Islamic extremism, the Chinese government has announced that parents in a majority Muslim region will be reported to the police if they encourage or force their children into religious activities.

The new rules for Xinjiang, scheduled to come into effect on November 1, explicitly state that parents and guardians cannot “organize, lure, or force minors into attending religious activities,” Xinjiang Daily reported, as quoted by Reuters.


China’s Nightmare: Xinjiang Jihadists Go Global

While fighting in Syria, the Turkestan Islamic Party has joined forces with global jihadist movements.

Analysis of the world’s Islamic jihadist movements shows that over the past few months, the Internet-based propaganda activity of the Turkestan Islamic Party (TIP) has increased dramatically. The Turkestan Islamic Party, a group also called the East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM), fights for the establishment of a fundamentalist Islamic State of East Turkestan in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.


Mandarin ‘Isil clip’ sparks call from China for end to ‘double standards’ on terror

A rare Isil clip of a war song in Mandarin has raised alarm in China and sparked the latest call for global powers to “abandon their double standards” towards violent unrest within its borders.

Al-Hayat media centre, the media arm of Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), appears to have posted a recording online in which the slogans: “The shameless enemy would panic” and “It’s my dream to die on this battlefield” are chanted in Mandarin.

The clip appears to be professionally produced and is hauntingly catchy.

Islamic extremist material has filtered into China before, but it is usually directed towards the mainly-Muslim Uighur minority, who often speak a Turkic language and reside predominantly in the western region of Xinjiang.


Chinese police use a FLAMETHROWER on ‘Muslim terror suspects’

Chinese forces used a flamethrower to force more than 10 ‘terrorists’ from a cave in the western Xinjiang region in the hunt for what Beijing has called foreign-led extremists.

China said security forces had recently killed 28 members of a group that carried out a deadly attack at a coal mine in Aksu in September.

In its account, which could not be independently verified, the official People’s Liberation Army Daily said armed police had tracked the attackers into the mountains ‘like eagles discovering their prey’.


The Men and Women Who Fight China’s Shadowy ‘Anti-Terrorist’ War

In the aftermath of the Paris ISIS attacks, the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai lit up in blue, white and red, to mark the French tricolor. It was a heartfelt symbol in a metropolis that was once dubbed the Paris of the East—and the light display quickly provoked Chinese social media chatter as to why similar memorials were not made when Muslim assailants slaughtered innocent Chinese over the past couple years. The most notable of those was a rampage at a train station in the southwestern Chinese city of Kunming last year, in which around 30 people were slashed to death by cleavers and others knives, and a bomb and car attack at a food market in the northwestern city of Urumqi, in which an equal number of civilians perished.