China's embassy in Turkey dismisses claim of death of Uygur man

Sergio Conner
February 11, 2019

Chinese authorities released a video on Sunday "confirming" Uighur poet and musician Abdurehim Heyit is still alive-something on which global experts still maintain uncertainty.

"The re-emergence of concentration camps in the 21st century and China's systematic assimilation policy toward Uighur Turks are great embarrassment for humanity", Aksoy said.

Mr Aksoy said Turkey has shared with China its position on "all levels" and urged authorities to close the detention facilities and respect human rights.

The northwest Xinjiang region of China, where most Uighurs live, has been under heavy police surveillance in recent years, after violent inter-ethnic tensions.

Beijing has intensified its clampdown on what it labels terrorism in the region, following a 2009 riot in Xinjiang capital Urumqi that killed hundreds.

The vocational education center is teaching people living in remote areas about the country's common language and law and is aimed at preventing the spread of terrorism and extremism, the embassy said in a statement.

"Uighurs who are not detained in the camps are also under great pressure".

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"It is no longer a secret that more than 1 million Uighur Turks incurring arbitrary arrests are subjected to torture and political brainwashing in internment camps and prisons", Aksoy said.

"Turkey called on the global community and the United Nations secretary general, António Guterres, "to take effective steps to end the human tragedy in Xinjiang region".

Roth went on to say that the "next step should be the UN Human Rights Council launching an investigation of China's outrages against Uighur and other Muslims in the Xinjiang region".

"This tragic incident has further strengthened the Turkish public's reaction to the serious human rights violations in Xinjiang Region", Aksoy said.

Adrian Zenz, lecturer at the European School of Culture and Theology, said the comments from Turkey are a "major new development".

Turkey has broken its silence on China's continued mass detention of its Uyghur ethnic minority, telling Beijing their continued subjugation is a "a great cause of shame for humanity".

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