Turkey urges China to end mass de­ten­tion of Mus­lims

Santa Fe New Mexican - - NATION & WORLD -

Turkey has called China’s mass re­pres­sion of its Uighur Mus­lim eth­nic mi­nor­ity a “great shame for hu­man­ity” and has urged the Chi­nese govern­ment to close de­ten­tion camps es­ti­mated to hold 1 mil­lion peo­ple.

In its state­ment Satur­day, the Turk­ish For­eign Min­istry con­demned China’s “rein­tro­duc­tion of con­cen­tra­tion camps in the 21st cen­tury and the pol­icy of sys­tem­atic as­sim­i­la­tion” in its Xin­jiang re­gion as a vi­o­la­tion of the “fun­da­men­tal hu­man rights” of Uighurs and other Tur­kic Mus­lims.

The state­ment came in re­sponse to re­ports that Ab­dure­him Heyit, a prom­i­nent Uighur folk poet and mu­si­cian, had died in a Chi­nese in­tern­ment camp.

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