Target: Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China
Goal: Stop preventing country’s Muslim minority from observing their holy month of Ramadan.
The Muslim religious minority is once again being prevented by the Chinese government from practicing their religion during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. This is political religious oppression and must be put to an end. Demand that China stop barring its Muslims from observing their holy month.
China’s far-eastern Xinjiang region is the home to a significant population of Muslims and the mostly Muslim Uighur ethnic minority that the Chinese government has been cracking down on for years under the pretext of “maintaining social stability” and countering “terrorist threats.” A large part of that crackdown is curtailing these people’s right to practice their religion.
In keeping with this ethic, this year the Chinese government has ordered all its Muslim civil servants, educators, and students in Xinjiang not to observe Ramadan, an Islamic holy month marked by fasting. In order to ensure that this requirement is met, Muslim civil servants in the region will be subject to more frequent inspection by government officials, and all who wish to pray in mosques in the region will be forced to show their papers before being able to do so.
Needless to say, this ban has received widespread criticism from Chinese citizens and the international community, but the government has no plans to lift it. Sign the petition below to demand that the Chinese government allow the Muslims in its country to practice their religion without restriction.
Dear President Jinping,
I am writing you today about your country’s banning of Ramadan for Muslim civil servants, educators, and students in the Xinjiang region. The repression and restriction you are subjecting this religious minority to is unjust and should be stopped at once.
Regardless of whether or not your country’s ruling political party is officially atheist, you have no right to force members of your population to not practice their own private religious beliefs in their own lives outside the context of any government duties they may have. This is a violation of their human rights, and one that should not be taken lightly.
Muslims in your country have just as much right as members of any other religion to observe their faith in peace. That, it should go without saying, includes the right to fast during Ramadan. Just because you fear the autonomy of the Xinjiang region and lay the responsibility for that autonomy at the feet of the region’s Muslim population does not give your government the ethical leeway to suppress and persecute these people.
Your nation’s restrictions on this region’s Muslims are bad for the Chinese people and ultimately bad for the Chinese government. I demand that you allow the Muslim civil servants, educators, and students in the Xinjiang region to observe Ramadan if they so choose, without government interference.
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