In Xinjiang to counter extremism ban wearing “crazy beards”

In Xinjiang to counter extremism ban wearing “crazy beards”

BEIJING, March 30 — RIA Novosti, Ivan Bulatov. Authorities the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous region of China in order to combat religious extremism to impose a ban on the wearing of “crazy beards”, as well as a number of other measures, according to the website “Tianshan Wang”.

According to information on the website, a set of rules was accepted on Wednesday at session of Assembly of people’s representatives (HPR) of Xinjiang. The new rules come into force on 1 April 2017.

In addition to the ban on the wearing of “crazy beard”, prohibits the dissemination of extremist ideology, intervening in the freedom of religion of other citizens, interference in the conduct of a funeral or wedding ceremonies other persons are forbidden to interfere in cultural and entertainment activities, “to deny radio and television”.

In addition, it prohibits the wearing in public places clothing that completely covers the face and body, as well as the wearing of extremist paraphernalia.

Employees in airports, train stations and public transport stops should not allow the transport of people dressed like that and report it to law enforcement.

Prohibited marriage or its termination only on the basis of religious methods, not observing the legal formalities of the state, prohibited public education, interference in the work of the public education system. According to the regulations, it is forbidden to damage public and private property, printing and distribution of extremist materials, intervention in the implementation of the policy on birth control, and other measures.

Earlier, the Deputy Chairman of the standing Committee of the legislative Assembly of Xinjiang, Dong Xinguang said that the authorities of the district plan in 2017 to adopt a set of rules aimed at combating extremism. According to him, Xinjiang is in urgent need of adoption as a list of rules and law on cyber security. In August 2016 the authorities of the district passed its own version of the patriot act. Dong Xinguang also said that the rules on combating extremism different from the anti-terrorism law that aims to prevent the spread of extremist ideas, while the law focuses on the fight against terrorist activity.

On the territory of the Xinjiang-Uighur Autonomous region (XUAR), according to Chinese authorities, acts of terrorist group “East Turkestan”, which Beijing accuses of trying to split the country and having links with international terrorist organizations, in particular, “al-Qaeda” (banned in Russia). As reported in the media, “Eastern Turkestan” recruiting locals and sending them to the training camps of extremists in Syria and Iraq.