Turkey: China ill-treat­ing Mus­lims in Xin­jiang area

Deccan Chronicle - - World -

Ankara, Feb. 10: Turkey on Satur­day con­demned China’s treat­ment of its Mus­lim eth­nic Uighur peo­ple as “a great em­bar­rass­ment for hu­man­ity”, adding to rights groups' re­cent crit­i­cism over mass de­ten­tions of the Tur­kic-speak­ing mi­nor­ity.

“The sys­tem­atic as­sim­i­la­tion pol­icy of Chi­nese au­thor­i­ties to­wards Uighur Turks is a great em­bar­rass­ment for hu­man­ity,” Turk­ish for­eign min­istry spokesman Hami Ak­soy said in a state­ment.

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

Nearly one mil­lion Uighurs and other Tur­kic lan­guage-speak­ing mi­nori­ties in China were re­port­edly held in re-ed­u­ca­tion camps, ac­cord­ing to a UN panel of ex­perts.

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