Communist state authorities in the Muslim-majority Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region, the largest province in China, have sentenced a distinguished theological scholar to ten years in prison for “illegal religious activity,” reports Radio Free Asia (RFA), citing local sources.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, a faculty member at Xinjiang Islamic University told RFA that the Chinese communist state had sent the scholar to prison for “illegal religious activity.”
Once in China, many are “detained, forced to undergo political reeducation, and jailed by authorities in Xinjiang, where Uyghurs regularly complain of pervasive ethnic discrimination, religious repression, and cultural suppression under Chinese rule in the region,” it adds.
The source said that immediately after relocating to Xinjiang from Egypt in July 2016, state authorities arrested the scholar for allegedly committing three “illegal activities” while studying at at at Cairo’s prestigious Al-Azhar Islamic University:
“He couldn’t pass a security check, so the relevant police department warned our administration not to hire him,” the anonymous faculty member told RFA.