Turkey calls on China to close Uighur concentration camps

Turkey calls on China to close Uighur detention camps

Turkey calls on China to close Uighur detention camps

On Saturday, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said the man, named Abdurehim Heyit, died during his detention and cast the vocational programs as "torture and political brainwashing camps and prisons".

"Today is February 10, 2019", the subtitles read in English and Turkish.

Chinese Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said that a brief video clip of Abdurehim Heyit issued by state media shows he is still alive.

Sixteen leading global human rights organizations have called for an worldwide investigation into China's mass incarceration of the Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang province.

The musician says he is "in the process of being investigated for allegedly violating national laws".

"I'm now in good health and have never been abused", he said.

In August 2018, the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination published a report stating that more than one million ethnic Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslim minorities were being detained in massive "no rights" "counter-extremism" camps and another two million were being held in "re-education" camps.

The authenticity of the video could not be verified and it was not clear where and by whom it had been filmed.

But critics say Uighurs are being pressured in the camps to assimilate with Chinese society and abandon religious and cultural practices that Beijing sees as potential sources of resistance.

"We are aware of a number of cases where family and friends in Australia are unable to contact individuals who have travelled to Xinjiang", they said in a statement.

That statement had come in response to a question about recent reports that Heyit had died while in Chinese detention, having been "sentenced to eight years in prison for one of his songs".

"We should see it as remarkable that they have circulated this video when, for example, they have been deafeningly silent about the whereabouts of so numerous disappeared", she said. The video released by China Radio International's Turkish-language service, said Turkey's criticism of China was unfounded.

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". Turkey depends on Chinese financing for major infrastructure projects, while China sees Turkey as an important link in its gargantuan Belt and Road project to expand its economic reach overseas.

China denied the existence of the so-called "re-education" facilities for months before saying they were in fact vocational training centres created to combat religious extremism, and has increasingly been on the front foot in defending its actions.

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