Turkey calls on China to close internment camps for Muslims

Turkey Tells China to Close 'Camps' Holding Muslim Uighurs

China's treatment of Uighurs an 'embarrassment for humanity': Turkey

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.

Turkish Foreign Ministry says it "expects Chinese authorities to consider Turkish people's reaction over serious human rights violations".

Other countries should follow Turkey's lead in calling out China's mistreatment of Uighur Muslims, said the head of a major human rights group on Sunday.

Roth praised Turkey's denunciation of China's mass detention of Uighur Muslims to force them to renounce Islam and stressed Turkey calling the tragedy in the Xinjiang region "a great embarrassment for humanity". "We respectfully commemorate Abdurehim Heyit and all our kinsmen who lost their lives defending their Turkish and Muslim identity", Aksoy said.

A person wearing a white mask with tears of blood takes part in a protest march of ethnic Uighurs asking for the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region and ask for the closure of "re-education center" where Uighurs are detained, during a demonstration around the EU institutions in Brussels on April 27, 2018.

Heyit was a master of the dutar, a type of two-stringed instrument with a long neck that is found in Iran and throughout Central Asia.

Heyit's death could not be independently confirmed.

In its last report released on last September, the Human Rights Watch blamed the Chinese government for a "systematic campaign of human rights violations" against Uighur Muslims in northwestern Xinjiang, an autonomous region in the country.

"Both China and Turkey face the arduous task of fighting terrorism".

Beijing has stepped up surveillance and security measures in the Uighur homeland of Xinjiang, in China's northwest, since ethnic riots erupted there in 2009. "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.

"We hope the Turkish side will have a correct understanding of the efforts madeby China to legally deploy measures to effectively fight terrorism and extremism, withdraw its false accusations and take measures to eliminate their harmful effects". Droves of Uighurs have fled, many travelling to Turkey, where the language and culture are similar to that in Xinjiang.

"Uighurs who are not detained in these camps are under heavy pressure".

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