Published: Tue, February 12, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Turkey calls on China to close internment camps for Muslims

Turkey calls on China to close internment camps for Muslims

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

But China on Sunday released a video showing a man who identified himself as Heyit saying that he was still alive.

Turkey's foreign ministry said Abdurehim Heyit, a renowned singer and master of the dutar stringed instrument who was detained in 2017, died defending his "Turkish and Muslim identity". "They are disgusting. We have lodged a representation with Turkey over this matter", Hua Chunying said at a briefing.

China has expressed its protest over the Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy's claims that Chinese Uyghur "re-education camps" were "internment camps", the Chinese Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman said on Monday.

Ankara called on the global community and the United Nations secretary general to take action.

"I'm in the process of being investigated for allegedly violating the national laws", he said in the video, framed by a grey backdrop.

Aksoy's remarks were referring to widespread reports of China's mass incarceration of its Muslim Uighur minority, most of who live in the north-western province of Xinjiang.

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The Turkish Foreign Ministry on Saturday called on China to close its detention centres for Muslims, saying the camps said to hold almost a million ethnic Uighurs and other Turkic-language speaking minorities are a "great shame for humanity". He gives the date of the video and says he has "never been abused".

However, within 24 hours of Turkey making this statement China has released a video which purportedly shows Heyit alive. Previously, it had been reported that Heyit had been sentenced to 8 years in prison, meaning that it's still unclear why and where he is being held.

But state-controlled China Radio International (CRI) released a 26-second video on its Turkish service on Sunday. Turkey depends on Chinese financing for major infrastructure projects, while China sees Turkey as an important link in its gargantuan Belt and Road project to expand its economic reach overseas.

China National Petroleum (CNPC) has unveiled plans to invest more than $22 billion by 2020 in oil and gas operations in the western parts of Xinjiang, home to almost 13 million Muslims.

"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".

China's "re-education" camps: China denied the existence of the so-called "re-education" facilities for months before announcing they were training centers to stop the spread of terrorism and extremism following ethnic riots in 2009 and terrorist attacks in Xinjiang and elsewhere.

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