China to guarantee freedom of religion during Ramadan

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SHAFAQNA – Officials from China’s traditionally Muslim region of Xinjiang say they will not interfere with fasting and other standard religious activities during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

The officials said at a news conference Thursday that restaurants will be allowed to keep their own hours and activities in mosques and homes will be legally protected, inquire.net reported.

The restive region is home to China’s Uighur minority group.

China maintains tight control over Islamic observances in the area, in part to maintain government control.

However, human rights groups and Uighurs in exile say restrictions on dress, prayer and fasting during Ramadan have exacerbated ethnic tensions and stoked resentment.

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