IN XIN­JIANG

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moral con­duct to in­flu­ence their chil­dren, ed­u­cate them to re­vere science, pur­sue cul­ture, up­hold eth­nic unity and refuse and op­pose ex­trem­ism,” the rules say.

The doc­u­ment also bans not al­low­ing chil­dren to at­tend reg­u­lar school, not abid­ing by fam­ily plan­ning poli­cies, de­lib­er­ately dam­ag­ing le­gal doc­u­ments and “ab­nor­mal grow­ing of beards and nam­ing of chil­dren to ex­ag­ger­ate re­li­gious fer­vour”.

A num­ber of bans on se­lect “ex­trem­ist be­hav­iours” had pre­vi­ously been in­tro­duced in some places in Xin­jiang, in­clud­ing stop­ping peo­ple with head scarves, veils and long beards from board­ing buses in at least one city.

The new rules ex­pand the list and ap­ply them to the whole re­gion.

While Uighurs have tra­di­tion­ally prac­tised a more re­laxed form of Is­lam, the pop­u­lar­ity of veils for women has grown in re­cent years in what ex­perts say is an ex­pres­sion of op­po­si­tion to Chi­nese con­trols.

Af­ter a pe­riod of rel­a­tive calm, there has been a rise in vi­o­lence in re­cent months in the Xin­jiang’s south­ern Uighur heart­land and a large in­crease in se­cu­rity.

Chi­nese President Xi Jin­ping called for a “great wall of iron” to safe­guard Xin­jiang dur­ing the an­nual meet­ing of China’s Par­lia­ment ear­lier this month. Reuters

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