CHINA EXPANDS RULES
Govt bans ‘abnormal’ beards, wearing veils in public and refusal to watch state TV
RAHUL BOSE, Indian filmmaker and separatists, though rights groups say the violence is more a reaction to repressive Chinese policies.
The government strongly denies committing any abuses in Xinjiang and insists the legal, cultural and religious rights of Uighurs, a Turkic ethnic group, are fully protected.
While China officially guarantees freedom of religion, authorities have issued a series of measures in the past few years to tackle what it sees as a rise in religious extremism.
New legislation, passed by Xinjiang lawmakers on Wednesday and published on the region’s official news website, widens existing rules.
Workers in public spaces like stations and airports will be required to “dissuade” those who fully cover their bodies, including veiling their faces, from entering, and to report them to the police, the rules state.
Other banned activities include “reject or refuse radio, television and other public facilities and services”, marrying using religious rather than legal procedures and “using the name of Halal to meddle in the secular life of others”.
“Parents should use good A combo picture showing dogs in clothing in Shanghai, China. Poodles in pink dresses, Pekingese wearing shirts, a Pomeranian in sneakers and a raincoat — the sidewalks of Shanghai can sometimes seem like catwalks gone to the dogs. It’s big business, too. The pet clothing industry generates sales of US$17 billion (RM75 billion) per year and is expected to grow by 20 per cent annually.