Activists say the authorities are increasing worried about domestic opposition to the ruling Chinese Communist Party.
More than 350 cadres are sent to the Uyghur region to keep an eye on mosques and Islamic practices.
Parents and educators in Xinjiang are ordered to prevent children practicing religion, while those who do could be sent to 'special schools.'
An exile group says the policy is aimed at restricting the movements of the mostly Muslim Uyghur ethnic group.
Ilham Tohti is the recipient of the 2016 Martin Ennals Award for those who defend human rights at great risk to themselves.
Rebiya Kadeer appeals to President Erdogan for the release of Abduqadir Yapchan.
Police confiscate her passport after she tries to visit her son and grandchildren outside Xinjiang.