A new report entitled Sacred Right Defiled from UHRP on religious freedom will be presented at an May 29, 2013 event on Capitol Hill. The report, co-authored with UHRP manager, Greg Fay, details the regional regulatory body built up by the Chinese government since national regulations entered into force in 2005. 2005 also marked the year when Human Rights Watch issued its excellent Devastating Blows report on violations of religious freedom among the Uyghur. The report also takes a look at the harsh implementation of religious restrictions from the ground level through interviews with Uyghurs and secondary English, Chinese and Uyghur language sources. The picture emerging from UHRP's documentation is one of a daily denial of Uyghurs' ability to practice their faith. Restrictions on who can lawfully enter a mosque, publish a religious text, provide religious education and fast during Ramadan illustrate the state's intrusion into the routine aspects of faith. Case studies of individual Uyghurs who contravened the bewildering number of regulations are scattered throughout the report. One of the most egregious is quoted here:
On August 1, 2005, XUAR authorities arrested Aminan Momixi (56), a religious instructor, along with 37 of her students. Momixi was teaching the Koran to students between the ages of 7 and 20 in her home in Tuoyipu when police rushed in. They accused Momixi of “illegally possessing religious materials and subversive historical information” and reportedly denied her access to a lawyer. Some children were freed after paying fines ranging from USD 800 to 1,200. Momixi’s whereabouts and sentence remains unknown.