TURPAN, CHINA - AUGUST 18: Uygur little girl sits on the driver's seat of three-wheeled automobile on August 18, 2010 in Turpan of Xinjiang Autonomous Region, China. Turpan basin is the second lowest continental point in the world after the Dead Sea. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)

A majority Muslim group in China have been banned from using its language in schools.  
The Uighur population in the restive western Xinjiang province, are ethnically distinct from China’s majority Han population.
Recent years have seen bloody clashes in the region, which the Chinese government blames on Islamist militants and separatists. But rights groups say the unrest is more a reaction to repressive policies, and argue that the new measures may end up pushing some Uighurs into extremism.
Although the Chinese government recognises 56 different ethnic minorities – including Uighurs – in the country, they have tried to crack down on expressions of individuality to create a homogenous society under Communism.
In late June, the Education Department in Hotan province (Hetian in Chinese) issued an a five-point directive which forbade teaching in the Uighur language in schools.
Schools must “insist on fully popularising the national common language and writing system according to law, and add the education of ethnic language …
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