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Eradicating culture: China decides to shut down more than 150 Uyghur cultural research and language organizations China Uyghur
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Eradicating culture: China decides to shut down more than 150 Uyghur cultural research and language organizations

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 04 Mar 2022, 07:25 pm

Beijing: The Chinese government is trying to eradicate the Muslim community of the country and it is evident from the government’s move to shut down more than 150 Uyghur cultural research and language organizations, media reports said on Friday.

The Civil Affairs Bureau of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) on Feb. 22 issued a “notice of revocation of registration certificates and seals of the legal representatives of social organizations,” according to Chinese media reports published and information on the websites of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps and the Urumqi (in Chinese, Wulumuqi) municipal government as quoted by Radio Free Asia (RFA).

The list issued by the bureau includes 160 organizations devoted to researching traditional Uyghur culture and to the teaching of foreign languages, including the Uyghur Classical Literature and Muqam Research Association, Dolan Farmer Painters’ Association, Atlan Vocational Training School, Intil Language School and Miraj Vocational Training School, reports Radio Free Asia.

“This policy of elimination the Chinese government is carrying out — or, in its own words, this ‘war on terror’ — is a war against the Uyghurs,” said Kasimjan Abdurehim, who founded the Atlan Vocational Training School.

“This is proof,” he added. “We can see the cancellation, the elimination, of these Uyghur-run schools and organizations on the list as one small piece of evidence that the policies of the Chinese government continue to operate at ever-new highs.”