Turkey calls on China to shut down Uighur "concentration camps"
Feb 13 2019
"We took notice of Turkey's foreign ministry spokesman's claims". 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.
A United Nations panel of experts has said that almost one million Uighurs and other Turkic-speaking minorities had been herded into "re-education camps" in China's northwestern Xinjiang region, where most of the country's more than 10 million Uighurs live.
But a spokesman from China's embassy in Turkey said the idea China was violating human rights was "totally inconsistent with the facts and are totally unacceptable to China".
She said envoys and journalists from more than 10 countries were invited to visit Xinjiang's vocational education and training centers last month.
Reports of a prominent poet and musician from the minority being tortured to death in prison further circulated, leading China to release a 25 second video of the poet, 57-year-old Abdurehim Heyit, showcasing that he was "in good health".
According to Human Rights Watch, during the next session of the Human Rights Council, from February 25 to March 22, 2019, the Council will consider the outcome report of China's November 2018 Universal Periodic Review, at which Chinese officials denied allegations of grave human rights violations in Xinjiang.
Xinjiang has come under intensifying police surveillance in recent years following repeated riots, bombings and attacks on Chinese security forces and civilians.
Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said the video of Abdurehim Heyit issued by state media showed Turkey's statement was an "absurd lie".
"I'm now in good health", he says, and after a pause, adds: "and have never been abused".
Hua on Monday called Turkey's statement 'a very bad mistake'.
Beijing faces growing worldwide pressure over its so-called "de-radicalisation" programme in its far western province.
Reuters was unable to independently confirm the authenticity of the video.
If they are still alive, the posts said, the Chinese government should release videos of them too.
Chinese state media have a long history of broadcasting confessions by both Chinese and foreign citizens who afterward say they were compelled to participate against their will and forced to read a script.
The Uighurs are a Muslim Turkic-speaking minority based in the north-west Xinjiang region of China.
"We hope the Turkish side will correctly look at China's policy and efforts and use actions to enhance mutual trust and cooperation", he said.
Detainees who most vigorously criticise the people and things they love are rewarded, and those who refuse to do so are punished with solitary confinement, beatings and food deprivation.