– The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), in partnership with Justice for All, has released a new report detailing the mass detention of Uyghur and other Turkic Muslim imams and attempts by the Chinese government to cut off the transmission of religious knowledge across generations: https://bit.ly/3ohpXvy
They say ““The wholesale round-up of imams exposes the Chinese government’s intention: to destroy our faith and traditions, once and for all,” said UHRP Executive Director Omer Kanat. “Uyghur and other Turkic imams are the custodians of religious scholarship and teaching. Eliminating religious teachers is a weapon for eliminating Islam from our homeland.”
The report, Islam Dispossessed: China’s Persecution of Uyghur Imams and Religious Figures, presents a dataset of 1,046 Turkic imams and other religious figures from East Turkistan detained in camps or imprisoned for their association with religious teaching and community leadership since 2014.
AsiaNews (13.05.2021) – https://bit.ly/2QmM5Ze – Since 2014, Chinese authorities have imprisoned or detained at least 630 imams and other Muslim clerics in Xinjiang, this according to the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) based on research it shared with the BBC. In all, 18 clerics have died in detention or shortly after their release.