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also Ui·ghur (wē′go͝or)
n. pl. Uyghur or Uy·ghurs , also Uighur , or Ui·ghurs
1. A member of a mainly agricultural Turkic people inhabiting the Xinjiang region in China.
2. The Turkic language of the Uyghurs.


Uy·ghur′ic (-go͝or′ĭk) adj.


or Ui•gur or Uy•ghur


n., pl. -ghurs or -gurs, (esp. collectively) -ghur or -gur.
1. a member of a Turkic people of Central Asia, living mainly in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region of W China.
2. the language of the Uighurs.
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German-based World Uyghur Congress (WUC) Deputy President Asgar Can expressed deep disappointment over Erdoy-an's statement while in Beijing, reflecting resentment among members of his community who praise Turkish efforts to host large number of Uighurs in Turkey.
It established the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in 1955.
China has sent a clear message … thoroughly disappointing all those who hope to use the legal process or reasonable proposals to change the status quo of Uighurs," Dilxat Raxit, spokesman for the exiled World Uyghur Congress, said in an e-mailed statement.
Citing local Uighur sources, Dilxat Raxit, a spokesman for the World Uyghur Congress, an exile group, said in an e-mail: "Nearly 100 people were killed and wounded during the clash.
But Dilxat Raxit, a spokesman for the World Uyghur Congress, a Munich-based advocacy group, said the Uighurs were protesting and that armed Chinese personnel were to blame for the violence.
Uighur activist Dilshat Rexit, who is a spokesman for the Germany-based World Uyghur Congress, which Beijing designates as a separatist group, claimed Chinese authorities are using charges of spreading jihad as an excuse to crack down on Uighurs.
Six more people were sentenced to death by an Urumqi court Thursday for their roles in unrest in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in early July.
Dilxat Raxit, a spokesman for the World Uyghur Congress, said pressure should be put on Beijing to open talks with Rebiya Kadeer, a Uighur leader who lives in the United States and who China accused of masterminding the July unrest.
The world should be aware that about 90 per cent of the Uyghur students who have studied Islam in Saudi Arabia and in Egypt are detained in Chinese jails at present," she said.
Mehsut is believed to have attended a meeting of the World Uyghur Congress in Washington this May.
Alim Seytoff of the Washington-based Uyghur American Association said: "We ask the international community to condemn China's killing of innocent Uighurs.
In mid-July 1951, the 70-year-old legendary Uyghur master musician Turdi Akhun arrived, for the first time, in Dihua--better known today as Urumchi--the provincial capital of the newly established Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on the northwestern fringe of China, some 1,800 kilometers away from his hometown Yengisa.