Turkey tells China to close Mus­lim camps

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTWORLD -

IS­TAN­BUL: Turkey has called China’s treat­ment of its mi­nor­ity Uighurs “a great cause of shame for hu­man­ity.”

For­eign min­istry spokesman Hami Ak­soy said on Satur­day it’s “no longer a se­cret” that China has ar­bi­trar­ily de­tained more than a mil­lion Uighurs in “con­cen­tra­tion camps.” He said the Tur­kic Mus­lim pop­u­la­tion faced pres­sure and “sys­tem­atic as­sim­i­la­tion” in west­ern China. Ak­soy said Turkey has shared with China its po­si­tion on “all lev­els” and urged au­thor­i­ties to close the de­ten­tion fa­cil­i­ties and re­spect hu­man rights. Ak­soy said Turkey had also learned of the death in prison of famed Uighur mu­si­cian and poet Ab­dure­him Heyit, who was sen­tenced to eight years over one of 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 said.

Heyit was a mas­ter of the du­tar, a type of two-stringed in­stru­ment found in Iran and Cen­tral Asia.

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