Infographics: Fact Check: Lies vs. Truths on Xinjiang-related Issues 6
Lie No. 21:Xinjiang suppresses Islam and freedom of religious belief.
Fact check:Respecting and protecting the freedom of religious belief is a basic long-term policy of the Chinese government. Article 36 of the Constitution of the People's Republic of China stipulates that Chinese citizens have freedom of religious belief. The principle of religious freedom enshrined in the Constitution has been fully implemented in Xinjiang. Xinjiang citizens' right to freedom of religious belief has been fully guaranteed.
-- Since 1996, the local government in Xinjiang has organized local Muslims to take charter flights for a pilgrimage every year.
Lie No. 22:Xinjiang demolishes many mosques.
Fact check:Mosques in Xinjiang meet the regular religious demands of followers in terms of quantity. Governments at various levels in Xinjiang have consistently improved the public services of mosques. Funded by the government, mosques now have running water, electricity, natural gas, roads, communication, radio and television, and libraries. In addition, ablution facilities and flushing toilets have been installed. Furthermore, mosques have also been equipped with medical services and electronic displays. They also have computers, electric fans or air conditioners, firefighting equipment, and so forth. These measures have been welcomed by religious personnel and believers.
Lie No. 23:Xinjiang "persecutes" religious personnel.
Fact check: Xinjiang has ten religious colleges and schools, including the Xinjiang Islamic Institute, its eight branches across Xinjiang, and the Xinjiang Islamic School. These colleges recruit undergraduate, junior, and technical secondary school students every year, with student numbers exceeding 3,000.
Lie No. 24:Xinjiang bans fasting of Muslims.
Fact check: Muslims of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang, in accordance with their teachings, canons, and traditional customs, practice regular religious activities such as fasting and Islamic festivals in mosques and their own homes. Such activities are totally of their own free will, without any interference or restriction.[ Editor: JYZ ]