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Synonyms for Uighur

a member of a people who speak Uighur and live in Xinjiang and adjacent areas

the Turkic language spoken by approximately 7,000,000 Uighur in extreme northwestern China

the script (derived from Aramaic) used to write the Uighur language


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Speaking during China's annual parliament session on Tuesday, Mr Zhang said there were "Uighurs that have fled overseas and joined the Islamic State".
Every year during Ramadan, the imam gets busy when Uighurs from Muslim majority district of Xinjiang flee to Almaty to be able to observe thee religious month.
To prevent unrest, China starts offering big bonuses to Uighurs and other minorities for interracial marriages, otherwise discouraged by religious traditions
Chinese officials have noted mounting anxiety and resentment between the country's majority Han Chinese and Uighurs since a knife attack in the southwestern city of Kunming on March 1 left 29 people dead and injured about 140 others.
The Uighurs are Muslims from the broad Central Asian border region of Xinjiang, some of whom have long sought independence from a Chinese government that has brutally oppressed them.
Slovakia had accepted three other Guantanamo prisoners in 2009 and allowed the resettlement of the Uighurs after other countries refused because of pressure from the Chinese government, which has sought to take custody of the men.
Some nine million Uighurs live in Xinjiang but constitute a minority in the region, which is dominated by the Han Chinese ethnic group.
A statement from the World Uyghur Congress, an exile group that Beijing has condemned, said that suspicions that Uighurs were responsible could lead to stepped-up government repression.
China alleged that Pakistani-trained Uighur terrorists from the East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM) (5) were responsible, while the World Uighur Congress argued that if the attacks were conducted by Uighurs, then it was only because they were brought to despair by "years of repression by the Chinese government" and without any other peaceful way to oppose the government.
Uighurs say the July 5, 2009 violence was sparked when police cracked down on peaceful demonstrations against government inaction in the face of a factory brawl the month before in southern China in which two Uighur migrant workers were reportedly killed.
So, while China does indeed face periodic upsurges in politically motivated violence by Uighurs, one must ask why this is taking place.
The five were among 17 Uighurs who had been cleared for release by the Bush and Obama administrations but could not be returned to their native China for fear of mistreatment.
The appeals court overturned a ruling by a federal judge a year ago that 17 Uighurs held at Guantanamo since 2002 should be immediately released into this country.
These Uighurs have been stabbing us with needles," one of the men trying to push through the barriers said.