The brutality of the Chinese regime in Xinjiang is no longer a secret to the world. The Communist Party regime has continuously violated the religious freedom of the Uyghur Muslims in the Autonomous region for years now. Now, as per a report carried out by Radio Free Asia, a public toilet has been erected on the site of a demolished mosque in Atush or Atushi.
Previously, it was reported that two of the three mosques in the same area were razed in order to destroy places of worship as part of the ‘Mosque Rectification’ program launched in 2016. However, the erecting a toilet on the site of the Tokul Mosque has further revealed the cruel intention of the regime.
It has been reported earlier that under the leadership of Xi Jinping, the Mosque Rectification drive intensified in recent years. It is estimated that almost 1.8 million Uyghur Muslims and other Muslim minorities are placed in the internment camp in Xinjiang.
RFA reported that the mosque was demolished in 2018 in Suntagh village. Even though the public toilet hasn’t been open so far, but it is built.
China is home to almost 22 million Muslim populations including 11 million Uyghur Muslims. However, the Muslim community has been targeted in the country for so long. During the Cultural Revolution during the 1966-76, many mosques were razed.
If the reports are to be believed then almost 70% of the mosques in Xinjiang province have been razed by the authorities. The effort to erasing Muslim cemeteries and religious structures has intensified since 2016. A report carried out Agence France-Presse reveals that at least 45 cemeteries were razed between 2014 and October 2019. The places are converted parks, activity areas, parking lot, or left vacant. Another report carried out by the Uyghur Human Rights Project based in Washington reveals that at least 10000 to 15000 religious structures of the Uyghur Muslims were destroyed between 2016 to 2019.