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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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Al-Mahrasawy's statements come in response to circulated news of the arrest and deportation of 500 Uyghur Azhar students.
Although, the Uyghur question in China dates back to hundreds of years, one of the critical turning points of the issue took place after the establishment of the East Turkestan Republics in the 1930s and 40s.
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.
Their territory was annexed in 1949 by China, which set up the Uyghur Autonomous Region in the People's Republic of China.
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.
Dilxat Raxit, a spokesman for the exiled World Uyghur Congress, cited local sources as saying that authorities encouraged Uighurs to eat free meals on Monday, and inspected homes to check if the fast was being observed.
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.
The Uyghur case typifies the situation where a nation-state assumes assimilatory policies rather than accommodational ones.
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.