The Chinese government have been trying to prevent people from fasting during the holy fasting month of Ramadan in the predominantly Muslim province of Xinjiang.

According to the World Uyghur Congress (WUC), all restaurants were ordered by officials in the region to remain open.

A series of actions have taken place to prevent Muslims from fasting during the holy month.

The Industrial and Commercial Bureau of Aksu (in Chinese, Akesu) prefecture’s Bay (Baicheng) county in the region said in a statement that the move was to “ensure stability maintenance”.

The restrictions, however, do not seem to apply to the rest of China.

This year, Ramadan runs from 26 May to 24 July. It’s not the first year that Chinese authorizes try to curtail observation of Ramadan.

Back in March, the Chinese government banned burqas and “abnormal” bears. A month later, it banned Islamic baby names.

China’s ruling Communist party is officially atheist and for years has banned government employees and minors from fasting in Xinjiang, home to the more than 10 million strong mostly Muslim Uighur minority.

This is while the rights groups blame clashes between the region's Muslim minority and state security forces on religious and cultural restrictions.