China’s latest Human Rights violations have been largely ignored by Human Rights activists world over. Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region is reeling under brutal suppression of basic rights of its Muslim population.
Authorities have banned the use of several baby names, including Muhammad, Haji, Islam, and Imam. Interestingly, the naming regulations are designed to curtail “religious fervor.” Ruling also targets Uyghur nationalism. Names starting with “Turk” – such as Turkizat and Turkinaz – are also banned.
Banning of baby names follows an earlier ban on “abnormal” beards and full-face and body coverings. New legislation also prevents people from rejecting “radio, television or other public facilities and services,” marrying in accordance with religious rather than legal procedures, and using the halal principle to interfere with the “secular life of others.” Young peoples are prevented attending Namaj in mosques,
The tough new rulings follow the appointment of strongman Chen Quanguo as Xinjiang’s Party Chief in August 2016. Chen, former party secretary of Tibet, earned a reputation for quelling protests against government policies and dramatically reducing the number of self-immolations through the introduction of hardline security measures. However, Xinjiang and Tibet cannot be dealt with the same hammer.
Since 2011, China has spent more per annum on domestic security than on external defence.
Severe draconian security policies adopted in Tibet and have created the perception that Uyghurs and Tibetans are second-class citizens in China, and that the Communist Party of China does not value or respect local cultures despite the existence of formal laws that purport to safeguard minority rights.
These fears are further exacerbated by incentives for adopting secular Han Chinese ways.
Another problem on the horizon for Beijing is a potential fallout with Muslim-majority neighbors across Eurasia. China’s policies toward Uyghurs and other members of its 20 million strong Muslim community are likely to arouse the ire of neighbors in the region, at a time when China is seeking to expand trade and cultural ties under its Belt and Road Initiative (OBOR).
Interestingly no Muslim Country has raised its voice against Chinese tyranny. This points towards meek submission to Chinese economic might and their dependence on China.
Brutal suppression of Uyghur identity is likely to result in wide spread resistance in restive Xinjiang region. There are reports that Uyghurs are training with al-Qaeda and Islamic State (ISIS) in preparation for launching future attacks.
Chinese-funded ports, railways, canals, dams, and pipelines will become vulnerable to terrorist attacks. Many of the first-phase Belt and Road projects are in politically unstable Muslim majority countries such as Bangladesh and Pakistan. Kazakhstan, which is likely to make the region more unstable much to dislike of China.
21 Oct 18 / Sunday Written by Azadazraq