Posted by: becketfund | June 27, 2007

China: Authorities Confiscate Muslim Passports Before Hajj

Radio Free Asia reports that Chinese authorities have begun to confiscate the passports of Muslims in northwest China, apparently with the intention of keeping them from embarking on the Hajj. Pilgrims would traditionally begin to make their travel plans around this time for the annual pilgrimage to Mecca, which is a religious requirement for all Muslim men of good health and financial capability.  Authorities have requested that all residents turn in their passports to local officials, saying that the documents must be registered and will become invalid otherwise, though local sources report that the only passports being held are those belonging to Muslims, specifically Uighurs.

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