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May20

China forces medical exams and DNA sampling on Uyghur Muslims

By: RFA Source: RFA Ethnic Muslim Uyghurs in northwest China’s Xinjiang region are being given mandatory health examinations that include DNA collection, according to residents, causing concern among some observers who have called on Beijing to explain its motive behind the mass checkups. According to reports by China’s state media, the “General People’s Health Examination Project” that began in September 2016 and ended in March this year provided checkups for 17.5 million people throughout the region, including 9.2 million in predominantly Uyghur-populated southern Xinjiang. The examinations were carried out on more than 90 percent of the residents of the entire region, and more than 98...

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Feb10

Obama criticises “inexcusable” anti-Muslim rhetoric

By: Patricia Jimenez Source: News Portal “We have to be consistent in condemning hateful rhetoric and violence against everyone, and that includes against Muslims here in the United States of America”. Obama’s speech in Maryland condemned anti-Muslim rhetoric, following proposals by Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to ban Muslims from entering the country. Obama has criticized the increasing anti-Islamic sentiment in the USA before, implicitly calling out certain presidential candidates and recent comments from the 2016 campaign trail. “The first thing I want to say is two words that Muslim Americans don’t hear…enough and that is,...

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Dec05

France and the Burqa: citizenship as a tool of prescriptive feminism

By: Eurasia Review Source: Eurasia Review An interesting new paper recently published in Gender, Place & Culture: A Journal of Feminist Geography, discusses the impact of the 2011 campaign, carried out by the French government, to publicize and promote the law banning the full veil from public spaces. The paper goes on to discuss how this campaign used specific norms of female dress in order to establish a certain understanding of French citizenship, which in turn only served to further alienate young Muslim women in France. In 2007 President Sarkozy pledged to ‘protect’ women from oppression. He led a nationwide consultation and political campaign centred on gender and nationalism to...

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