Turkey Urges China to Respect Uighur Rights, Close Camps
Turkey's foreign ministry has called China's treatment of its minority Uighurs ``a great cause of shame for humanity.''
In a statement Saturday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said it's ``no longer a secret'' that China has arbitrarily detained more than a million Uighurs in ``concentration camps.'' He said the Turkic Muslim population faced pressure and ``systematic assimilation'' in western China.
Aksoy said Turkey has shared with China its position on ``all levels'' and urged authorities to close the detention facilities and respect human rights.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had once accused China of ``genocide'' but has since established closer diplomatic and economic relations with Beijing.
China has intensified a security crackdown on Uighurs that was put in place after a bloody 2009 riot. Droves of Uighurs have fled, many travelling to Turkey.
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