Kashgar Normal College distributes bottles of water and free food to Muslim students in an apparent bid to discourage them from fasting during Ramadan, July 8, 2014.  Photo courtesy of an RFA listener.
China cracks down on Ramadan fasting, prompting activist boycott of Chinese products
  • Tue, 05/07/2019 - 22:10

By Tracey Shelton and Iris Zhao

With Muslims around the world observing the holy month of Ramadan, Chinese authorities have again launched a crackdown on fasting and religious practices by Islamic minorities.

The restrictions are particularly enforced in the Muslim-majority Western province of Xinjiang, where Chinese authorities frequently stay at the homes of Muslim families to suppress religious activities, according to the Human Rights Watch and activists.

During Ramadan, Muslims traditionally fast from dawn to dusk and refrain from smoking and other vices.

Amnesty International said in a report released late last week Chinese authorities view Ramadan fasting — along with other displays of religious affiliation including beards, headscarves, regular prayers and avoidance of alcohol — as a "sign of extremism".