Turkey calls on China to close Xin­jiang camps

‘They are a great shame for hu­man­ity’

The Hindu - - WORLD -

Turkey called on China to close its in­tern­ment camps for Mus­lims, say­ing the camps, which re­port­edly hold a mil­lion Uighur peo­ple, are a “great shame for hu­man­ity”.

Last week, rights ac­tivists urged Euro­pean and Mus­lim na­tions to take the lead in es­tab­lish­ing a UN in­ves­ti­ga­tion into China’s de­ten­tion and “forced in­doc­tri­na­tion” of up to one mil­lion Uighurs and other Mus­lims.

“The pol­icy of sys­tem­atic as­sim­i­la­tion against the Uighur Turks car­ried out by the au­thor­i­ties of China is a great shame for hu­man­ity,” Turk­ish For­eign Min­istry spokesman Hami Ak­soy said in a state­ment late on Satur­day.

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

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