The decree will come into effect at the beginning of the new school year. Schools will have to use Mandarin, according to the principle of bilingual education. The government announces severe punishment for anyone who “plays politics, pretends to implement, or acts one way and does another”. Uyghurs slam the plan to wipe out their mother tongue and increase their assimilation into Han Chinese culture.
Hotan (AsiaNews/RFA) – Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang region, home to ethnic Uyghur Muslims, have issued a directive completely banning the use of the Uyghur language at all education levels up to and including secondary school, this according to official sources. Those found in violation of the order will face “severe punishment.”
The new decree marks one of the harshest measures yet from Beijing aimed at assimilating ethnic Uyghurs, who complain of pervasive ethnic discrimination, religious repression, and cultural suppression by China’s ruling Communist Party in Xinjiang.
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