Chinese government has banned a list of Islamic names for babies in the region of Xinjiang, where there is Muslim majority.
Xinjiang is home to about half of China’s 23 million Muslims. Parents in Xinjiang are prohibited to choose names like, “Muhammad”, “Arafat” and “Jihad” for their children.
According to the reports, if the parents choose any of the banned names, then the children will be denied from all government benefits. The list of name on the government document are distributed by the Uighur activist groups.
Names like, “Imam,” ”Hajj,” ”Turknaz,” ”Azhar,” “Wahhab,” “Saddam,” ”Arafat,” Medina” and “Cairo,” are also banned among atleast 29 names on the list distributed by Uighur activists.
“This is just the latest in a slew of new regulations restricting religious freedom in the name of countering ‘religious extremism,’ “ Sophie Richardson, China director at Human Rights Watch (HRW), said in a statement.
“These policies are blatant violations of domestic and international protections on the rights to freedom of belief and expression.
“If the government is serious about bringing stability and harmony to the region as it claims, it should roll back — not double down on — repressive policies.”
On April 1, the authorities in Xinjiang had also imposed new rules banning “abnormal” beards or a full veil and warned people of punishments for refusing to watch state TV or radio programmes.
“Violent incidents and ethnic tensions in Xinjiang have been on the rise in recent years, but the government’s farcically repressive policies and punishments are hardly solutions,” said HRW.
“They are only going to deepen resentment among the Uighurs,” it added.
All over the social media this news is spreading like fire and people are very upset about all this.
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