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

Elias Hubbard
February 11, 2019

"I'm now in good health and have never been abused".

Beijing has faced an outcry from activists, scholars, foreign governments and United Nations rights experts over what they call mass detentions and strict surveillance of the mostly Muslim Uighur minority and other Muslim groups who live predominantly in a region claimed by Uighurs in China, which they call East Turkistan and is home to some 10 million people, most of whom are Muslim.

"The re-emergence of concentration camps in the 21st century and China's systematic assimilation policy toward Uighur Turks are great embarrassment for humanity", Aksoy said.

"Uighurs who are not detained in the camps are also under great pressure".

Mr Aksoy was referring to China's mass incarceration of the Muslim Uyghur minority situated in the north-western province of Xinjiang - a region incorporated into modern China after leaders of the East Turkestan Republic surrendered to the Chinese Communist Party in 1949.

"Turkey notes they [Uighurs] "are subjected to torture and political brainwashing in concentration centers and prisons", Roth added.

The northwest Xinjiang region of China, where most Uighurs live, has been under heavy police surveillance in recent years, after violent inter-ethnic tensions.

"This tragedy has further reinforced the reaction of the Turkish public opinion toward serious human rights violations committed in the Xinjiang region", Aksoy said.

"We call on the worldwide community and the Secretary General of the United Nations to take effective measures in order to bring to an end this human tragedy in Xinjiang", Aksoy said in a statement, published on the ministry's official website late on Saturday.

Adrian Zenz, lecturer at the European School of Culture and Theology, said the comments from Turkey are a "major new development".

"In my view, it seems that China's actions in Xinjiang are finally crossing a red line among the world's Muslim communities, at least in Turkey, but quite possibly elsewhere".

An ABC investigation found that these camps span more than 2 million square metres, housing detainees forced to pledge their allegiance to the Chinese state under duress.

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