China has ordered residents in the restive Muslim-majority Xinjiang province to report to authorities all religious activities including circumcision, weddings and funerals as part of efforts to beef-up security, state media reported today. The requirement for residents to report religious activities to local residential committees in some places in Northwest China's Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region will be expanded to the whole region, state-run Global Times reported.
Xinjiang has established religious committees and residential communities to manage religious practises since September, requiring local residents to report their religious activities including circumcision, weddings and funerals, La Disheng, a professor at the Party School of the Communist Party of China Xinjiang regional committee, told the daily.
The policy is implemented in some places in Xinjiang on a trial basis and will be rolled out in the whole region in the near future, he said.
A resident from southern Xinjiang's Aksu city told the daily that a flag-raising ceremony is held every Monday in local communities and mosques, and residents who attend the ceremony are required to sing China's national anthem and salute the national flag.