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Turkey urges China to respect Uighur rights, close camps


ISTANBUL: Turkey has known as China's treatment of its minority Uighurs "a great cause of shame for humanity."

In a commentary on Saturday, overseas ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy stated it's "no longer a secret" that China has arbitrarily detained greater than 1,000,000 Uighurs in "concentration camps." He stated the Turkic Muslim population faced force and "systematic assimilation" in western China.

Aksoy stated Turkey has shared with China its position on "all levels" and urged government to near the detention amenities and respect human rights.

The minister stated Turkey had also discovered of the demise in prison of famed Uighur musician and poet Abdurehim Heyit, who were sentenced to 8 years over one in all his songs.

"This tragedy has further reinforced the reaction of the Turkish public opinion toward serious human rights violations committed in the Xinjiang region," Aksoy stated.

"We expect this legitimate response to be taken into account by the Chinese authorities. We respectfully commemorate Abdurehim Heyit and all our kinsmen who lost their lives defending their Turkish and Muslim identity," Aksoy stated.

Heyit was a master of the dutar, one of those two-stringed tool with a long neck this is present in Iran and right through Central Asia. His detention was thought to be indicative of China's determination to crack down on Uighur intellectuals and cultural figures in an effort some say to get rid of a separate Uighur language and identification.


Heyit's demise may not be independently showed. China had no fast response to the minister's remarks.


Beijing has intensified a security clampdown on Uighurs within the northwestern region of Xinjiang that was put in position after a bloody 2009 rebel. Droves of Uighurs have fled, many touring to Turkey, where the language and tradition are similar to that during Xinjiang.


After months of denying their life, Chinese government under increasing out of doors force acknowledged the system of camps, terming them vocational training facilities. They have provided little or no knowledge on what number of are interned inside them and how long they're being held.


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had as soon as accused China of "genocide" however has since established closer diplomatic and financial relations with Beijing.


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