Amnesty International has blasted Beijing for crackdowns on ethnic Uyghurs in Xinjiang, on China's Western frontier, since riots shook the region in 2008 and 2009.

The Uyghurs are a Turkic people and predominantly Muslim, and in Xinjiang, they live among Han Chinese settlers from what they call The Inland.

International Uyghurs are pushing for Xinjiang's autonomy from China.