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China’s Crackdown on Uighurs Extends its Borders
April 1, 2019

2 Muslim women with a toddlerOver the past several years, the Chinese government has severely restricted the culture and religious practices of members of Muslim groups, including Uighurs, forcing them to adopt Chinese language and traditions. Now the Chinese government is using the family members of Uighurs abroad as leverage. In some cases, Chinese state security forces threaten to detain or harm the Xinjiang-based family members of Uighurs living abroad with the aim of coercing them to return to Xinjiang.