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    Society
  • Published
    19th Sep, 2019

Who are the Uyghurs and why is the Chinese government detaining them?

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Who are the Uyghurs and why is the Chinese government detaining them?

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  • The Uyghurs are Turkic-speaking Muslims from the Central Asian region.
  • The largest population lives in China’s autonomous Xinjiang region, in the country’s north-west.
  • The Uyghurs are one of a number of persecuted Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, including the Kazakhs, Uzbeks, Tajiks, Kyrgyz and Hui.
  • Many Uyghur communities also live in countries neighbouring China, such as Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan, Australia.
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