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East Turkestan & the Uyghurs

China pressures Muslim Uighur lawyer families on burqas, beards

Wed, 11/20/2013 - 15:27 -- Anonymous (not verified)

(Reuters) - China's far-flung western region of Xinjiang is demanding that lawyers guarantee family members don't wear burqas or grow long beards, the latest government move critics say unfairly targets the region's Muslim Uighur ethnic community.

Lawyers in Turpan, an oasis city southeast of the regional capital, Urumqi, have to sign a pledge denouncing extremism and participation in "illegal religious activities", the Xinjiang judicial affairs department website said on Tuesday.

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