(Time) The Chinese government is requiring all residents of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in the country's northwest to hand their passports over to police, the latest restriction on movement in the restive region.
The Global Times, a state-controlled newspaper, reported Thursday that the "passport-management policy" is being implemented across the entire autonomous region, and requires all citizens to turn in the documents and apply for permission if they wish to leave the country.
According to Human Rights Watch, the passport recall policy has been in place since at least late October, and strikes alarming similarities to a so-called "two-tier travel" system implemented in Tibet. Both policies have been viewed as arbitrary measures meant to restrict the freedom of minorities in outlying regions where much of the population rejects belonging to China.
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