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China Jails 14 Muslims after Destroying Mosque

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  1. Anees

    Anees Lt. Colonel ELITE MEMBER

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    China Jails 14 Muslims after Destroying Mosque

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    Authorities in the northwestern Chinese region of Ningxia have handed jail terms of up to six years to 14 ethnic minority Hui Muslims for "inciting violence" and "obstructing public duty," following clashes over the destruction of a mosque at the end of last year, local residents said.

    Police in Tongxin county near Ningxia's Wuzhong city detained around 40 Muslim Hui people following riots last New Year's Eve sparked by the forced demolition of a local mosque. Four were later released, and 36 stood trial on April 24.

    "Right now, they have sentenced 14 people [to prison]," said a Tongxin resident surnamed Jin. "The rest have all been given suspended sentences."

    The Tongxin County People's Court handed down two six-year jail terms and two five-year jail terms, with shorter sentences handed out to the rest of the defendants, their relatives said.

    Jin said his uncle, Jin Kecheng, and his father, Jin Yuxiang had received the two six-year sentences, while his brother, Jin Haijun, had been sentenced to three years' imprisonment.

    Jin said his family had been involved with attempts to stop the authorities from demolishing the local mosque, which local residents had built with their own money.

    "After they came to demolish the mosque, my brother went there to stop them ... and was charged with obstructing official duty," Jin said. "My uncle was the first to get sent to jail because he was the person in charge of the mosque when it was demolished."

    He said all of the men sentenced last week had vowed to appeal to the Intermediate People's Court, and their relatives were out of town trying to find lawyers for them.

    Beijing-based rights lawyer Liu Xiaoyuan said that appeals were unlikely to be successful in such cases, which Beijing saw as crucial for maintaining social stability, however.

    "In such 'stability maintenance' cases, the likelihood of a decision being reversed on appeal once it has been made in the first instance is very small indeed," Liu said.

    "[In such cases,] the intermediate court will seek an interpretation from the higher court, which might ask the politics and law committee of the local Communist Party for advice on how to proceed," he said.

    "The defendant has the legal right to appeal, and it's very sad that local lawyers don't dare to offer their services," Liu added.

    Rare criticism

    The December clashes between Hui Muslims and police in Tongxin's Taoshan village drew rare criticism from a key global Islamic group.

    In a statement, the 57-nation Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned the violence and the "heavy-handed" response of local authorities.

    The group also called on China to respect the rights of Muslims to construct and maintain their places of worship and to freely attend religious services.

    According to a Hong Kong-based rights group, the riots were sparked when hundreds of Muslims in Taoshan village tried to prevent the demolition of a mosque they had paid for.

    Some reports said at the time that several people died, a claim which officials later denied.

    Hundreds of Taoshan residents confronted police armed with tear gas, truncheons, and knives, Hong Kong's South China Morning Post reported at the time.

    Local Hui Muslims told Hong Kong media they had spent more than 8 million yuan (U.S. $1.27 million) on the mosque, only to have it torn down by the authorities, who had attacked them with "police batons and bayonets."

    The Hui are culturally more similar to mainstream Han Chinese than Xinjiang's Turkic-speaking Uyghur people, but retain some Islamic customs like avoiding pork and circumcising male children.

    Ethnic tensions have nonetheless flared in recent years, notably in riots following a 2004 car accident involving a Han Chinese and a Hui Muslim in the central province of Henan.

    And in 1993, a cartoon ridiculing Muslims led to police storming a mosque taken over by Hui in northwestern China.

    China's atheist ruling Party maintains a tight grip on religious activities, in spite of promising freedom of religion via the Constitution, allowing only officially recognized religious institutions to operate.

    In Xinjiang, Uyghur children are banned from attending mosques until they reach 18, and are forced to eat during the fasting month of Ramadan, Uyghurs say.

    Xinjiang Communist Party religious affairs officials involve themselves in every aspect of religious life, including approving sermons in mosques and dictating which interpretations of the Quran will be used.

    China's official media rarely report incidents involving ethnic conflict and, when they do, are usually under orders to use only approved dispatches from the state-run Xinhua News Agency.

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  2. Picard

    Picard Lt. Colonel RESEARCHER

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    These Chinese politicians are crazy!
     
  3. smestarz

    smestarz Lt. Colonel REGISTERED

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    Lets ask Nitish kumar his views and if he feels China (communists) are secular or not !!
    China is different than other countries, In China, the government can take over a place if they want to construct something there. and due to that China face changes everyday.
    So if you put development as Prime. such things will occur and China has been known to be Ruthless.
    China is communist and Atheist country (do not believe in God) Chinese do not really care about religious sentiments, so actually people who follow religion are technically are the minority. China is not secular that being said, you are not allowed to practice your religion freely. It is their rules, and their citizens should follow their rules, else there would be such reactions.
     
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    If this was done in India or US, the pakistanis would have went over the roof.

    My, how can they be friends with such countries so anti-muslim? A few decades back
    they along with their american friends hatched plots against russians/communists and
    now the communism in china and the attacks on islam has gone invisible to pakistani eyes!!

    scheming little opportunists...
     
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    Picard Lt. Colonel RESEARCHER

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    Looks like Chinese politicians have religion, atheism, and are utterly fanatical about it.
     
  6. Manmohan Yadav

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    Any Pakistani members here,
    wanna see their views :laugh:
     
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    smestarz Lt. Colonel REGISTERED

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    Any Janata Dal (U) or Congress or Samajwadi party (so called Secular party) supporting member wants to comment?
     
  8. tilopa

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    vhp was also inflamed at narendra modi after he demolished several illegal made temples for construction of highway
    rss also doesnt like modi much because he is kind of ruthless and he doesn't follow anyone

    but our great secular media portrays modi as a hindutvvadi religious nutjob,but in reality he is very different from that media image
     
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