Turkish Foreign Ministry slams China over human rights abuses by China against Uighur Turks
Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs: "The systematic assimilation policy of Chinese authorities against Uighur Turks is a great embarrassment for humanity."
The spokesman of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs , Hami Aksoy , gave a written reply to the question about the death of poet Abdurrehim Heyit and heavy human rights violations against the Uighur Turks.
Aksoy pointed out that the practices violating the basic human rights of the Uyghur Turks and other Muslim communities in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region have been aggravated in the last two years and moved to the agenda of the international community. He emphasized that Uighur Turks and other Muslim communities in the region are a new step towards the elimination of their ethnic, religious and cultural identities.
Who is Abdurrehim Heyit?
Famous poet Abdurrehim Heyit , known for his songs reflecting the history and culture of the Uighurs , was born in 1964 in Kashgar province of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region . Heyit, who studied at a Fine Arts School in Kashgar , became a world-renowned poet in a short time with his two-stringed instrument. Heyit is also known as the composer of many Uyghur songs.
Having been educated at a fine arts school in Kashgar, Heyit became a world-renowned bard in a short time with his songs, which he sang with his Dutar, a two-string instrument. Heyit is also known as a composer of many Uighur songs.
Heyit was known to many people in Turkey in 2015 with his concert at Gazi University known as "Uçraşkanda " (When we encountered).
Heyit, who was detained in Urumqi in 2017 and sentenced to 8 years in prison-although he was not charged with any crime-died in his second year in prison.
The famous Ozan Heyit was previously questioned several times by Chinese police because of his lyrics to the song "ancestors" known to be belonging to the poet Abdurehim Abdullah.
International responses to China
Chinese human rights organizations have been trying to bring the millions of Uighurs in Xinjiang to the agenda of the international community for a while.
The UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the human rights organizations participating in the meeting organized in Geneva, Switzerland talked about the discriminated communities in China, argued that the local authorities in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region have detained individuals who claim to be politically hostile in political "education centers".
Representatives of the organizations, in their presentations at the meeting, claimed that the number of people detained from their liberty have reached to 3 million, without relying on any judicial decision.
Human Rights Watch ( HRW ) recently published a report in which, in the last two years, many people in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region have been detained under the sake of preventive police measures and most them are considered politically dangerous. Also, most of them were allegedly sent to the centers called "education centers."
Turkish Foreign Ministry: "We invite the Chinese authorities to respect the basic human rights of the Uighur Turks and to shut down the concentration camps."
Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs: "We expect the Turkish public's response against heavy human rights violations to be taken into consideration by Chinese authorities."
"The systematic assimilation policy of Chinese authorities aginst the Uighur Turks is a great embarrassment for humanity. We invite the Chinese authorities to respect the basic human rights of the Uighur Turks and to close the concentration camps," the Turkish Foreign Ministry announced.
"It is no longer a secret that more than a million Uyghur Turks subjected to arbitrary arrests were subjected to torture and political brainwashing in concentration camps and prisons," the Foreign Minitry said.
"We urge the international community and the UN Secretary general to take effective steps for the termination of the human tragedy in the Xinjiang region," the Ministry added.
"The re-emergence of concentration camps in the 21st century and the systematic assimilation policy of Chinese authorities for Uighur Turks is a great embarrassment for mankind.We have expressed our views on the tragedy in the Xinjiang region at all levels in the Chinese authorities. In such an environment, we learned in a profound way about the news that the precious people who were sentenced to 8 years in prison for a composition died in the second year of the prison, Abdurrehim Heyit. This deplorable event has strengthened the Turkish public's response to severe human rights violations in the Xinjiang region. We expect this justified response to be taken into consideration by the Chinese authorities," the Ministry said.
"We commemorate Abdurrehim Heyit and all our compatriots who lost their lives for the sake of the Turkish and Muslim identity. On this occasion, we invite the Chinese authorities to respect the basic human rights of the Uighur Turks and to close the concentration camps," the Turkish Foreign Ministry's stament concluded.