The Uyghur World Congress Youth Branch holds its next meeting in Budapest

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Uyghur World Congress Youth Branch holds its next meeting in Budapest on May 30 - 31 and June 1. For the occasion, an international press conference will be held by Ümit Hamit, the European vice-President of the Uyghur World Congress.

“Magyarok Háza” (1052 Budapest, Semmelweis u. 1-3.) Csontvary Hall
Time: May 31, 2013 (Friday), at 10 am

The press conference will be in English, German, Uyghur and Turkish languages -- Hungarian translation will be provided.

Uyghurs are the closest relatives of Hungarians; the thousands of years that the two people lived together still vividly alive in our Uyghur brothers and sisters' historical memory. Uygurs folk songs, especially lullaby show an extremely high degree of similarity with Hungarian folk music.

The homeland of the Uyghur people is Eastern Turkmenistan, which is part of China since 1955. Today, about 15 million Uyghurs live all over the world.

(World Federation of Hungarians Press Service –

The Land of Uyghurs, Xinjiang, or to be more precise Uyghur Autonomous Regionis China’s largest administrative division. The name literally means “New Territory”. With Chinese letters: 新 xīn = new, 疆 jiāng = territory. In order to get an idea of the size and position of this land, I have to provide some well-known data. Area: 1,660,000 km², population: 19,630,000. Xinjiang borders Russia to the north, Mongolia to the east, Tibet and India to the south (Kashmir), Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan és Kazakhstan to the west. On the south, it is dominated by the Himalaya’s northern lines of mountains. The east-west chain of the Tian Shan Mountains separate Dzungaria in the north from the Tarim Basin in the south. It has few rivers, the longest one is the River Tarim. The region has eight lakes, the largest one is Lop-Nur, but it has temporary lakes as well.The area is mainly desert due to the continental climate, it hardly rains, the annual rainfall is about 250 to 500 mm. The official languages are Chinese and Uyghur, however Kazakh, Altaic and Kyrgyz are also spoken. The Uyghur language belongs to the Turkish branch of the Altaic language family and spoken by half of the population.


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