China Launches  Anti-Halal Campaign In Xinjiang

BEIJING — The capital of China’s Xinjiang region, home to the mostly Mus­lim Uighur minority, has launched a campaign against halal products to stop Islam penetrating secular life and increas­ing “extremism”.

Communist Party lead­ers in Urumqi led cadres to swear an oath to “fight a decisive battle against ‘pan-halalisation'” in a meeting on Monday, according to a notice posted on the city’s of­ficial WeChat account.

Everyday halal prod­ucts, such as food and tooth­paste, must be produced ac­cording to Islamic law.

China has been subject to heavy criticism from rights groups and foreign governments amid reports of a punitive crackdown that has seen the detention of as many as one million mostly Muslim ethnic Ui­ghurs in Xinjiang.

Beijing has denied it is systematically violating the rights of Xinjiang’s Mus­lims, saying it is only crack­ing down on extremism and “splittism” in the region.

Anti-Halal

The official Global Times said on Wednesday the “demand that things be halal which cannot really be halal” was heightening hos­tility towards religion and allowing Islam to penetrate secular life.

As part of the anti-halal campaign, Ilshat Os­man, Urumqi’s ethnically Uighur head prosecutor, penned an essay titled: “Friend, you do not need to find a halal restaurant es­pecially for me.”

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