China has brought in new measures subjugating yet another Muslim ethnic group, the Utsuls, the South Morning Post reported this week, as the country continues to surveil and detain Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang.
The Utsuls, a group of around 10,000 who reside in Sanya, a city on the southern Hainan island, are predominantly Muslim.
Last month, the Chinese Community Party issued an order banning traditional Utsul dress — namely the hijab and a long skirt — in schools and government buildings, according to party documents seen by the Post.
The document was titled “Working Document regarding the strengthening of overall governance over Huixin and Huihui Neighbourhood,” referring to the two areas on Sanya in which most of the Utsuls live.
Among the new regulations are requirements for new mosques to be smaller, a vaguely-worded ban on buildings with “Arabic tendencies,” a ban on Arabic script on shop fronts, and a ban on placing the Mandarin characters for “halal” and “Islamic” on premises, the Post reported.