Reports on Xinjiang Detail Criminalization of Islam, Retroactive Punishment

China Digital Times 2024

March 8, 2024 | China Digital Times

Last month, a Uyghur Human Rights Project report on Uyghur women and religious persecution highlighted the retroactive application of prison sentences for alleged crimes relating to religious practices that occurred when the accused were children. This week in ChinaFile, Darren Byler described in detail another case of retroactive application of the law targeting a Kazakh cleric named Nurlan Pioner, whose normal religious practices were reinterpreted by judges as crimes punishable by a 17-year prison sentence: 

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