The New Indian Express - - WORLD -

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|

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