China bans Muslim names for Uyghur minority in Xinjiang

Uyghurs face ban on Muslim names for children as China celebrates Xinjiang’s 60th anniversary
The official announcement banning 22 Muslim first names in Hotan prefecture, northwest China's Xinjiang region, has been widely circulated on social media.
The official announcement banning 22 Muslim first names in Hotan prefecture, northwest China’s Xinjiang region, has been widely circulated on social media. Courtesy: Radio Free Asia
  • The Tokhola (Tuohula) Village Communist Party in Xinjiang’s Hoten prefecture reportedly announced the ban on 22 popular Muslim names for Uyghur children.
  • Children whose names are on the list must have their parents officially change their name or else risk exclusion from public schooling.
  • The announcement comes as China celebrates the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region following the 1949 annexation of East Turkestan, which has prompted severe criticism from Uyghur leaders.

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Chinese Authorities Ban Muslim Names Among Uyghurs in Hoten” (Radio Free Asia)
Statement by the World Uyghur Congress

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