After Uyghurs, China now suppresses Kazakh religious freedom
The Chinese government had already denied the Uyghurs the basic right to practice their own religion. The country is now targetting the ethnic Kazakhs, living on the border with Kazakhstan.
WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Nov 25, 2017, 09.44 AM
After decades of persecution of the ethnic group of Xinjiang, the Uyghurs, by China, the country has now moved on to a new target - the ethnic Kazakhs, living on the border with Kazakhstan.
The Chinese government had already denied the Uyghurs the basic right to practice their own religion, the country is now targetting the Kazakhs on the grounds of religion with the objective of forcing them to stop following their Islamic customs.
Reports state that since the last one year the Kazakh community in Xinjiang is experiencing several restrictions from the Chinese security agencies. These restrictions are especially concerning the religious customs of the community. Reports have also indicated that those Chinese authorities have confiscated over a thousand Kazakh families Korans, prayer mats, and other religious articles.
Also, the presence of security forces has increased in the area.