As the Islamic month of Ramadan begins, reports show that nearly 2,000 villages in Hotan, Xinjiang have been placed on duty rosters. Officials also require Xinjiang Yili Education Bureau to monitor parents to ensure they do not fast for Ramadan. In addition, the government has conducted a large-scale arrest operation in Ili Kazakh Autonomous Prefecture, targeting religious figures. Although there is no explicit ban on fasting, Muslims fear retaliation and surveillance, while some people secretly fast but limit their movements during the day.
The meeting notes discuss the implementation of Ramadan duty schedules in nearly 2,000 villages in the Hotan region of Xinjiang, with reports of disappearances of religious leaders and arrests of former detainees who have been released from internment camps. The Education Bureau in Yili prefecture has required students in primary and secondary schools to complete forms documenting their family’s customary practices and is monitoring whether parents are observing the fast. Local officials stated that students and public officials are not allowed to observe the fast. Muslims fear retaliation for observing the fast and are concerned about being tested for compliance. The government attempted to dilute the atmosphere of Ramadan by celebrating the Nawruz Festival and encouraging minority performances.