TURKEY IN SPAT WITH BEIJING OVER UIGHUR HARASSMENT
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 group. “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. “It is no longer a secret that more than one million Uighur Turks, — who are exposed to arbitrary arrests — are subjected to torture and political brainwashing in concentration centres and prisons,” Aksoy said in the Turkish foreign ministry statement . “Uighurs who are not detained in the camps are also under great pressure,” he added. Turkey called on the international community and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres “to take effective steps to end the human tragedy in Xinjiang region”. Most Muslim countries have not been vocal on the issue, not criticising the government in China which is an important trading partner.
People protest at an Uyghur rally in New York City|