Апреля 20, 2019


China posts video claiming Uighur poet reported dead in detention is alive

12 Февраля 2019, 08:33 | Glen Norman

China posts video claiming Uighur poet reported dead in detention is alive

A demonstrator wears a mask with the colors of the East Turkestan flag and a hand depicting the Chinese flag to protest Beijing's treatment of Uighurs outside China's consulate in Istanbul in July 2018

The Turkic Muslim group, which makes up around 45 percent of Xinjiang's population, has long accused China's authorities of cultural, religious and economic discrimination.

Turkey's foreign ministry issued a statement Saturday calling China's treatment of Uighurs "a great cause of shame for humanity", in a rare show of public criticism by a majority Muslim nation. Since 2017, Amnesty International estimates up to 1 million have been detained in "re-education" camps.

"In such an environment, we've learned with great sorrow that dignified poet Abdurehim Heyit, who was sentenced to eight years in prison for his composition, died in the second year of his imprisonment", he said.

"We hope the Turkish side will have a correct understanding of the efforts made by China to legally deploy measures to effectively fight terrorism and extremism, withdraw its false accusations and take measures to eliminate their harmful effects".

"On this occasion, we invite the Chinese authorities to respect the fundamental human rights of Uyghur Turks and to close the internment camps", he said.

Uighur Muslims supporters and Turkish nationals burn the Chinese flag in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul on July 5, 2018.

Turkey calls on other countries and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to take steps to end the "humanitarian tragedy" in Xinjiang, Aksoy said.

While Turkey and China broadly have good relations, Aksoy said he was responding to the death of Heyit in a Chinese jail.

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Turkey called on the worldwide community and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres "to take effective steps to end the human tragedy in Xinjiang region".

This comes after human rights organizations, earlier this month, called on the United Nations Human Rights Council to adopt a resolution establishing an worldwide fact-finding mission to Xinjiang.

Speaking last October, the top Chinese official in Xinjiang, Shohrat Zakir, said "trainees" in the camps were grateful for the opportunity to "reflect on their mistakes".

One former detainee told the ABC she was injected with unknown substances and subjected to physical and mental forms of torture.

The Amnesty International in September 2018 reported deaths and torture of Muslims in these so-called re-education camps, alleging the mass detention centres were places of "brainwashing, torture and punishment" and people who would commit a simple act of messaging family overseas were being detained.

Numerous UN experts, treaty bodies, and the High Commissioner for Human Rights have expressed grave concern about the situation in Xinjiang and called for unrestricted access to the region.

"A resolution mandating a fact-finding mission is the bare minimum members of the Human Rights Council should do if they take their obligation to promote human rights seriously".

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