These Uyghurs at a market in Xinjiang, China but hundreds of thousands of the ethnic group also reside in Central Asia. Photo: Wikipedia Commons.

Officials in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have received notice that children born in the region cannot be given “overly religious or separatist” names, the Financial Times reports.

Residents who do not comply will not be able to receive household registration credentials necessary for access to education, employment and social welfare.

The new restrictions follow similar rules from 2015, which prohibited certain names in Hotan prefecture in western Xinjiang.

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