A new decision in China prevents foreigners in the country from discussing religion with local residents
New and strict decisions drafted by the Chinese Communist Party prevent religion from discussing with the local population, and the Chinese Ministry of Justice published the list containing the new restrictions on religious foreigners to prevent them from spreading religious extremism and using religion to undermine the national unity of China.
Among those decisions was to prohibit interference in the affairs of Chinese religious groups, controlling them, or advocating extremist religious ideas.
Likewise, preaching among Chinese citizens and conducting religious education is prohibited, and anyone who wants to do religious activity must submit a written request to the religious group in the city.
"The new rules seem to be an attempt to isolate religious Chinese from believers outside the country," said Ryan Thom, who studies Islam in China at the University of Nottingham. "Even lectures by visiting religious figures require a bureaucratic permit process that will discourage most visitors."
However, a Uyghur linguist living in exile revealed earlier that the Chinese authorities in Xinjiang had arrested hundreds of Muslim imams, which created an atmosphere in which Uighurs feared death because no one oversees their funeral rites.
Abd al-Wali Ayoub, a resident of Norway, noted that interviews with Uighurs from Xinjiang revealed that at least 613 imams have been arrested as part of an illegal crackdown that has led to the detention of more than 1.8 million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in camps since early 2017.
At a webinar in Washington, Ayoub said, “We started our research in 2018, around May. And after the interviews ended in November of that year, I found that the most targeted population were religious figures. At that time, we had us. About 300 imams were listed as detainees, and then we kept updating the numbers. By June, which is the date of the last update, we had 613 imams on the list. "
Ayoub faced imprisonment between 2013 and 2014 and witnessed torture in the detention center, after the struggle for social and cultural rights and the promotion of teaching the Uighur language.
In his speech, Ayoub noted that he had interviewed 16 former detainees in the camp, and they said that the arrest of the imams turned the Uighur community in Xinjiang upside down. He added, “They told me that after the arrest of these imams, the Uyghurs became afraid of death because there is no imam. To supervise their funeral. "