Ministry of Foreign Affairs Spokesperson Hami Aksoy’s Heavy Human Rights Violations against Uighur Turks and Response to the Question About the Death of Halk Ozan? Abdurrehim Heyit

The practices that violate the fundamental human rights of the Uighur Turks and other Muslim communities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region have been aggravated, particularly in the last two years, and have been brought to the agenda of the international community.

Especially in October 2017, the official announcement of the fiye Chinese and All Beliefs fiye was a new step towards the elimination of the ethnic, religious and cultural identities of Uighur Turks and other Muslim communities in the region.

It is no longer a secret that more than a million Uyghur Turks exposed to arbitrary arrests are subjected to torture and political brainwashing in concentration camps and prisons. Uighurs who are not detained in the camps are under great pressure.

Uyghur descent and citizens living abroad can not hear from relatives in this region. Thousands of children were removed from their parents and left orphaned.

The reintroduction of concentration camps in the 21st century and the systematic assimilation policy of Chinese authorities against the Uighur Turks is a great embarrassment for humanity.

We expressed our views on the tragedy in Sincan District to the Chinese authorities at all levels.

In such an environment, we learned from the deep teessure that the famous poet Abdurrehim Heyit, who was sentenced to eight years in prison for his composition, passed away in his second year in prison. This has further strengthened the Turkish public's reaction to serious human rights violations in Xinjiang. We expect this rightful reaction to be taken into account by the Chinese authorities.

We commemorate Abdurrehim Heyit and all our fellow Israelis who lost their lives for the sake of defending their Turkish and Muslim identity.

On this occasion, we invite Chinese authorities to respect the basic human rights of the Uyghur Turks and to close the concentration camps.

We call on the international community and the UN Secretary General to take active steps to end the human tragedy in Xinjiang.

Source: Republic of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs