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Satellite imagery shows China has destroyed 16,000 mosques in Xinjiang

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This photo taken on September 13, 2019, shows the remains of a Uighur cemetery in Kuche, Xinjiang, China, before workers turned it into a park. China is destroying burial grounds where generations of Uighur families have been laid to rest, leaving behind human bones and broken tombs in what activists call an effort to eradicate the ethnic group's identity in Xinjiang. [HECTOR RETAMAL/AFP]

Chinese authorities have demolished thousands of mosques in Xinjiang, an Australian think tank said Friday (September 25), in the latest report of widespread human rights abuses in the restive region.

More than one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim Turkic-speaking people have been incarcerated in camps across the northwestern territory, with residents pressured to give up traditional and religious activities, say rights groups.

Chinese authorities destroyed or damaged about 16,000 mosques, according to an Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) report based on satellite imagery documenting hundreds of sacred sites and on statistical modelling.

Read the full ASPI report here.

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Before and after satellite images (2013 and 2018) of the Ordam Mazar desert outpost in Xinjiang. Chinese authorities have razed the entire site, built in the 10th and 11th centuries and held sacred to Muslims in the region. [ASPI]

Most of the destruction took place in the last three years and an estimated 8,500 mosques were destroyed, the report said, with more damage outside the urban centres of Urumqi and Kashgar.

Many mosques that escaped demolition had their domes and minarets removed, according to the research, which estimated fewer than 15,500 intact and damaged mosques were left standing around Xinjiang.

If correct, it would be the fewest Muslim houses of worship in the region since the decade of national upheaval sparked by the Cultural Revolution in the 1960s.

By contrast, none of the Christian churches and Buddhist temples in Xinjiang that the think tank studied had been damaged or destroyed.

Authorities razed almost a third of major Islamic sacred sites in Xinjiang -- including shrines, cemeteries and pilgrimage routes -- said ASPI.

An AFP investigation last year found dozens of cemeteries had been destroyed in the region, leaving human remains and bricks from broken tombs scattered across the land.

The September 25 report comes a day after ASPI said it had identified a network of detention centres in the region much larger than previous estimates.

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The Almighty has eyes and sees everything; there's no difference whether he is Allah or God! The day of atonement will come to everyone; it is round the corner.

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China is a big threat for the Islamic world, and especially for neighboring republics. [We] need to ask the USA to drop 1,000 nuclear bombs on China before it's too late

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They are monsters, not people. Allah will punish them for their inhuman actions, amen

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Soon those complicit in the destruction, and China, will be finished off, Inshalla... Chinese nationals deem themselves pure, and pray to a stone. They eat everything that moves... even...

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I hate it!!!

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I hate Islam. Islam brings misery. It uses and exploits people. Islam is a British business.

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Allah also hates you, and that is why you don't have it.

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Barbarians

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Damn, I hate these Buddhists; they are worse than scum... May God make them leave this land all together...

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THE STRONGER (ANY STATE) IS, THE MORE BRAZEN IT IS! THAT IS JUST ONE EXAMPLE OF SUCH BRAZENNESS AND STATE LAWLESSNESS! THE HISTORY OF HUMANITY IS FULL OF THESE STORIES! PEOPLE NEED MANY MORE THOUSANDS OF YEARS TO GET THEIR HEADS STRAIGHT - IF ONLY MANKIND DOES NOT BECOME EXTINCT BY THEN!

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Ah, it's a pity that there's no Genghis Khan to deal with them; he would have massacred all these yellow-faced

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China moves towards self-destruction, and may this process intensify with God's help

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"...leaving behind merely human bones and broken tombs." STOP! Muslims never bury people in tombs!

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Most likely they meant Mazars

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Allah is great, Buddha is his name

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Is it true???

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May Allah punish them!

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Allah is a faggot

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Wait until Allah punishes you. The prophet said that whoever speaks badly about Allah dies an unnatural death - they get murdered

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Scuuum

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That's some bullshit: there are 3,700 mosques in Kazakhstan with a population of 18 million people; 2,500 mosques and 35 million people in Uzbekistan. And there are 16,000 mosques in the XUAR where 24 million people live, 9 million of them are Chinese. It's just an ordinary fake news item to incite war and hatred in Central Asia.

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It's because there were no mosques during the USSR in these republics. They started building them after the USSR collapsed, but there [in Xinjiang] they have remained for centuries

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The world looks like it is slowly slipping into an abyss, but people either don't want to see this or everybody minds their own business. Money, money, money is on practically everyone's mind. And the days are flying by. China alone, with its Marxist policies, is buying up everything, leading to the "Chinazation" of the whole planet. But God is great, and everybody will deliver a response.

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Uighurs in Kazakhstan are spoiled. When you read this article, you should respect Kazakhstan and Kazakh traditions, and its language. Uighurs are not abused in Kazakhstan.

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Why would anybody respect your language? First of all, you should learn to respect others and then ask to be treated with respect

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I wonder who doesn't respect that. The language and Kazakhstan represent their homeland, where many Uighurs were born, and they work and do not become spoiled. The Uighurs work and live according to the law. There are not any, and will never be any, Uighur beggars because they help each other. Chinese will be punished. And don't get excited; it's not just about Uighurs. All Muslims suffer, including Kazakhs.

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Muslim brothers, don't trust this news - America spreads it intentionally to maintain instability here

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Achuch machuch will devastate humanity to the bone. Allah is great and sees everyone. China will answer for everything when the time comes. Even if it is America spreading rumors. There's a grain of truth in everything.

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Allah sees everything ☝️

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Soon it will be the way it is in Tajikistan. Our government will cede a part of something to China to write off the debt. The Chinese, if you look at history, have always bribed the authorities in different countries to take something away later on as compensation for debt. But what do we have to give away?..

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Allah will punish Chinese Khan people. They incite strife. But corrupt Arabs have definitely hung out the Turkic people to dry, both Uighurs and Kazakhs; they will answer for that when that time comes!

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Arabs have nothing to do with it; you don't know your ass from a hole in the ground

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They have a lot to do with it; Arabs went to China, shook hands with the Chinese ruler, and supported the "re-education camps", telling the Chinese that they do everything right

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Villains. Chinese are enemies of the whole world. Only Kazakhstan is dancing to their tune.

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