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Variant of Uyghur.


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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Uighur - a member of a people who speak Uighur and live in Xinjiang and adjacent areas
Sinkiang, Xinjiang, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region - an autonomous province in far northwestern China on the border with Mongolia and Kazakhstan; the largest province in the People's Republic of China and the homeland of the Uighur people
Turki - any member of the peoples speaking a Turkic language
2.Uighur - the Turkic language spoken by approximately 7,000,000 Uighur in extreme northwestern China
Turkic, Turkic language, Turko-Tatar, Turki - a subfamily of Altaic languages
3.Uighur - the script (derived from Aramaic) used to write the Uighur language
script - a particular orthography or writing system
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China has launched a series of "Strike Hard" campaigns against Uyghurs, who, the government says, have fought in Afghanistan and Syria, and the use of political re-education is Beijing's latest attempt to root out "extremism" in the country.
A Chinese demand for the extradition of 11 Uyghurs from Malaysia puts the spotlight on China's roll-out of one of the world's most intrusive surveillance systems, military moves to prevent Uyghur foreign fighters from returning to Xinjiang, and initial steps to export its security approach to countries like Pakistan.
The Chinese side fears that the Chinese Uyghurs, who are fighting along with terrorists [in the Middle East], can cross into China through Afghanistan and become a headache for the Chinese authorities," an unnamed source said to Fergana News Agency.
At the same time, hundreds of Turkic Uyghurs were flooding into Syria from China, vowing to take its separatist ambitions against China global.
The clampdown is part of the "Three Illegals and One Item" campaign targeting what the Chinese government considers "illegal" religious items owned by mostly Muslim Uyghurs.
The Chinese government perceives Uyghur Muslims as a national threat, which has long repressed them "in the name of countering terrorism," and has ordered the deportation of Uyghurs from several countries over the past years, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report.
Many of the authors are of Hui origin, and the editors regret that there are no Uyghurs among them, though there are chapters on the Uyghurs of Xinjiang.
As of the present day, Uyghurs live primarily in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China, where they are one of 55 officially recognised ethnic minorities.
There is no single Uyghur agenda, and grievances of Uyghurs against the Chinese government are mostly political in nature.
Founded under the name of Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), the new regime assured the cultural, social and political rights of Uyghurs and other minorities living in the area.
And it is not the Turks who go to the Uyghur restaurants in Turkey but rather the Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Mongolians and Chinese who live in Turkey that dine there.
Uyghurs are a Muslim Turkish ethnic group in Eastern and Central Asia; they live primarily in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in China, where they are recognized as one of the country's 56 ethnic minorities.