Ramadan Lunches for China’s Muslims

In addition to earlier accounts of fasting restrictions on Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang during Ramadan, Radio Free Asia reports that ethnic Uyghur government officials are being tested with offers of food at the workplace:

Chinese authorities in the northwestern region of , home to the Muslim Uyghur ethnic group, are implementing a campaign to offer free lunches during the holy Muslim fasting month of , when eating is proscribed until sundown.

The lunches are being offered in government departments to ethnic Uyghur and Han Chinese officials alike, employees said.

Uyghur exiles say that Chinese authorities have previously offered free lunches during Ramadan as a means of determining who is fasting.

September 25, 2008, 8:55 AM
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