China releases video of Uighur musician to 'disprove his death'

Turkey calls on China to close Uighur detention camps

Turkey called on China to close its internment camps for Muslims, saying the camps which reportedly hold a million ethnic Uighur people are a "great shame for humanity".

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 call Xinjiang home.

Foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy called on the Chinese authorities to respect human rights.

According to worldwide human rights organisations, Uighurs, Kazakhs and other Muslim minorities were being detained in camps on frivolous charges like refusing to give a DNA samples, using minority language or arguing with government officials.

Turkey's foreign ministry had released a statement on Saturday severely criticising China's mass detentions of its Turkic-speaking Uighurs, and claiming that poet Abdurehim Heyit had died serving an eight-year Chinese prison sentence imposed as punishment over "one of his songs". "We hope the relevant Turkish persons can distinguish between right and wrong and correct their mistakes", said Hua Chunying, a spokesperson for China's foreign ministry.

Human rights groups have claimed torture has occurred in the camps.

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

A day after Turkey slammed China's alleged mistreatment of its Muslim minority population of Uighurs in the Xinjian province, Beijing has refuted the charges along with calling for Ankara to withdraw its statements.

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Turkey said China's treatment of Uighurs was "a great embarrassment for humanity", in perhaps the strongest condemnation yet from a Muslim country, which have been conspicuously quiet on the issue possibly to avoid Chinese diplomatic or economic retaliation.

Beijing faces growing worldwide pressure over its so-called "de-radicalisation" programme in its far western province.

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

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.

He added the Uighurs are being subjected to "torture and political brainwashing in internment camps and prisons".

His detention was considered indicative of China's determination to crack down on Uyghur intellectuals and cultural figures, which some say are attempts at cultural cleansing.

"The deterioration in human rights in the country is a long-standing concern, but this is a tipping point".

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