Where the Uighurs are free to be

Indonesian protestors hold up a banner during a rally in front of the Chinese embassy in Jakarta, Dec. 21, 2018. Rina Chadijah/BenarNews

By BERTIL LINTNER
STOCKHOLM
OCTOBER 31, 2019

The Stockholm suburb of Rissne would seem an unlikely place to keep ethnic Uighur culture and language alive faced with political and racial repression in their Xinjiang homeland in China.

Yet many of Sweden’s nearly 2,000 Uighur immigrants hold regular political and religious meetings, celebrate family events and teach their youth to speak their native tongue here.

They are freedoms few Uighurs enjoy in China’s northwestern Xinjiang region, where over one million of the ethnic group’s members are currently contained in detention facilities where Beijing systematically suppresses and undermines their Muslim faith and practices.

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