The CCP’s War Against Religious Uyghur Women

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March 5, 2024 | Bitter Winter

Twenty Years for Learning the Quran” is the title of a research  carried out jointly by ethnomusicologist, Professor Rachel Harris of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) and Norway-based Uyghur linguist and poet, Abduweli Ayup, to address the devastating impact on Uyghur society of the detentions and subsequent imprisonment of women who have historically been the linchpins of social cohesion and cultural transmission down the generations.

Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) Executive Director, Omer Kanat said the report has broken new ground. “Persecution of women for practicing the Islamic faith deserves worldwide condemnation and sanctions. It is a central tool of the Chinese government’s genocide, along with sexual assault in detention, forced sterilization and abortion, and coerced marriages.”

“The suffering of Muslim Uyghur women is heartbreaking and necessitates the world’s attention,” said Afeefa Syeed, Senior Fellow at the Center for Women, Faith & Leadership, at the Institute for Global Engagement. “This new UHRP report lays bare the targeting of Uyghur women for imprisonment and worse, simply for practicing the basic tenets of their faith.”

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