Last month, the Hotan government in north western China prohibited the use of the Uighur language from being used in schools including pre-school.The new move comes after strict restrictions on Muslims in the region including a ban on fasting during Ramadan.
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Muslims fast from dawn to dusk during Ramadan, but China's ruling Communist Party is officially atheist and for years has restricted the practice in Xinjiang, home to the mostly Muslim Uighur minority.
Authorities in China's Xinjiang region have banned China's Muslims from using their language in schools.
Chinese police clash with Uighurs during a protest in Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region in 2009.
A gang of Uighurs attacked a police checkpoint in the southern city of Kashgar this week in apparent revenge for the government's crackdown on the holy Muslim month of Ramadan The attack, which happened on Monday, comes at the beginning of Ramadan, a sensitive time in Xinjiang after a rise in attacks over the past three years in which hundreds have died, blamed by Beijing on Islamist militants.'Al-Azhar and its grand imam, Ahmed al-Tayeb, condemn the Chinese authorities' ban on Muslims from fasting and practising their religious rituals during Ramadan in some parts of the western Xinjiang region,' said a statement from the Cairo-based Al-Azhar.'Al-Azhar rejects all forms of oppression practised against Uighur Muslims in China that affect their religious rights and personal freedoms,' said the prestigious institution, demanding that the international community, the United Nations and human rights groups end these violations.
New education rules coming into force in Xinjiang on 1 November threaten to remove children from their parents’ care and send them to “receive rectification” at specialist schools.
The autonomous region, which borders Pakistan and Muslim-majority nations including Kazakhstan, is home to the greatest concentration of Muslims in China because of its significant ethnic Uighur population.
In November 2016, China ordered that residents of Xinjiang return their passports to their local police station for it to be kept there.