Tag: crackdown

China’s state media defends Xinjiang Muslim crackdown

Paramilitary police patrol the airport in Hotan in western China's Xinjiang region [File: Ng Han Guan/AP]More than one million Uighur Muslims are estimated to be in detention in “counter-extremism centres” in China’s far western region, said Gay McDougall vice chairperson of a UN anti-discrimination committee. Following attacks by separatists, members of the Uighur and Kazakh Muslim minorities in Xinjiang have been arbitrarily detained in indoctrination camps where they are forced to denounce Islam and profess loyalty to the party…MORE: aljazeera

Headscarf Crackdown Inspires Poetic Fightback

media-portrait has-caption full-width lead”>One of the pictures that's been circulating along with pro-headscarf poems online “Don’t let others poke their nose into my business,” one of the poems reads.

“Don’t let those who have no headscarf to speak about mine.” Campaigners against a crackdown on the Muslim headscarf or hijab have taken to verse to protest in Uzbekistan – and several of the poems have hundreds of likes and shares on Facebook…more:  bbc