24. 11. 2016
The inhabitants of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of China are forcibly obliged to hand over their passports to the police. According to the law enforcement agencies, such an initiative is not accidental. The authorities consider that this precautionary measure will protect the area from the mass disorders and outbreaks of terrorism.
Every citizen is now required to report to the police if he is going to leave Xinjiang. There his documents will be given to him. So the police will be able to monitor the movement of citizens.
A similar law was passed in Tibet.
The representatives of the Human Rights Watch Organization think that such innovation is a direct violation of the human right to freedom of movement.
Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is one of the most unstable districts of China. More than ten million Muslims live here. They struggle actively for the independence of Xinjiang. They often use the methods of violence for this purpose.
The local residents believe that the rights of Uyghurs are infringed by Chinese authorities.