China hospital tells Muslim staff not to fast in Ramadan

East Turkestan's native Uighur Muslims, a ethnic Turkic peoples, are likely to be offended by the request.

China hospital tells Muslim staff not to fast in Ramadan

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Chinese Medicine Hospital in Yining, also known as Ghulja, a city in the traditionally Uighur province of East Turkestan (Xinjiang), has asked its Muslim staff not to fast this Ramadan “in order not to affect normal work and life.”

Sina Weibo reported that the county’s health department had made the request just three weeks before fasting for the Islamic holy month is due to begin on June 28.

Being asked to sign a pledge of compliance in a “responsibility book,” the Sina Weibo website published photographs hospital staff members of ethnic minority background, mainly female nurses, sitting in front of two large tables with their hands folded.

The region's native Uighur Muslims, a ethnic Turkic peoples, are likely to be offended by the request. They already blame curbs on Uighur religion and culture by the Han Chinese Communist Party for rising ethnic tensions in the region.

Last Mod: 05 Haziran 2014, 16:04
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