Forum 18 Reports Chinese Restrictions on Muslim Religious Practice in Xinjiang

September 28, 2004

Forum 18 reports that it observed a list of banned activities that Chinese authorities ordered local Imam Musu Ma to hang in his office in the Dungan Mosque in the town of Burqin, Xinjiang. According to the report, the list of banned activities included the following:

  • teaching religion "privately";
  • allowing children under 18 to attend a mosque; and
  • allowing Islam to influence family life and birth planning behaviour.

Musu Ma reported that similar displays hang in the offices of virtually all the imams of Xinjiang's mosques.