China demolished around 16,000 mosques in recent years

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According to a report by an Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) around 16,000 mosques had been destroyed or damaged by Chinese authorities in Xinjiang.

 The report used satellite imagery documenting hundreds of sacred sites and statistical modelling which were destroyed.

The report on latest widespread human rights abuses, conformed that most of the damage was occurred outside the urban centres of Urumqi and Kashgar. Among 16,000 most of the destruction had taken place in the last three years and 8,500 mosques had been completely destroyed.

But in contrast, Christian churches and Buddhist temples in Xinjiang were not damaged or destroyed and China has insisted that residents enjoy full religious freedom in the country.

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