Law & Order

Millions of Muslims Ordered to Surrender Passports

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Some 10 million Muslim citizens have been ordered to surrender their passports in northwestern China.

The government is calling it a new management policy aimed at maintain law and order.

The Xinjiang region has a Muslim majority population that is often accused of inciting violence against the state.

Already Muslims who want to live in China must provide DNA samples, fingerprints, voiceprints and a “three-dimensional image” to even apply for a passport.

That’s very similar to what most assume Trump will do with his “Muslim registry.” But the media doesn’t seem to care that it’s also deemed necessary by China.

Separatist Terror

Many of the Muslims living in Xinjiang belong to separatist groups trying to break away from China. The region is rich in resources.

Dozens of civilians have been killed in recent years in a wave of terrorist attacks.

Beijing says the new passport ban is part of a larger effort to isolate criminal and terrorist elements.

But liberal rights groups have decried the measure, calling it unjustified.

“Chinese authorities have given no credible reason for taking away people’s passports, violating their right to freedom of movement,” said Sophie Richardson, a local director for Human Rights Watch.

Of course, those protests also aren’t getting much air time. The entire story was just a blip on the mainstream media. They probably don’t want to draw attention to the fact that it’s not only Trump that thinks such measures are necessary to keep our citizens safe.

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