Dilxat Raxit of the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), an exile group, condemned the restrictions and said that “China thinks that the Islamic faith of Uighurs threatens the rule of the Beijing leadership”.
Despite all this restrictions, China claims that religious freedom in Xinjiang cannot be matched by any other period in history
“During the month of Ramadan, Muslim restaurants can decide whether they want to do business. There will be no interference,” the government claimed.
The rights groups however claims that the China is using all available methods to systematically annihilate all minority ethnic communities by forcing up on them the atheist doctrines.
At least 17 people have been detained in the restive Xinjiang province for encouraging Uighur Muslims to observe fast, the overseas rights group claimed.
12 were detained from Aksu prefecture, five were picked up from Kashgar, WUC was quoted as saying by Radio Free Asia.
Uighurs are Turkic speaking Muslims, culturally and ethnically more connected to central Asian countries than China. Uighurs have been demanding a separate state to preserve their cultural and ethnic identity.
Hundreds have died in ethnic clashes in Xinjiang in the past few years. China often uses forces and other methods to subjugate their religious identity.
According to rights groups says the restrictions imposed by the government since 2014 on Ramazan days are a part of this.