Beijing, Ankara clash over One Man's Fight To Get Congress To Care 2 days ago   01:52

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UPSOT Whether he knows it or not, this man is at the heart of a diplomatic spat between China and Turkey. The Turkish foreign ministry claimed that Abdurehim Heyit, a Uighur poet and musician, had died in Chinese custody... after being sentenced to 8 years in jail for one of his songs. Its statement on Saturday also made a series of strong-worded criticism against China's treatment of Uighurs.... the predominantly Muslim minority who share ethnic and linguistic roots wiyh Turks. SOT statement"It is no longer a secret that more than one million Uighur Turks incurring arbitrary arrests are subjected to torture and political brainwashing in internment camps and prisons. ""The reintroduction of internment camps in the 21 st century and the policy of systematic assimilation against the Uighur Turks carried out by the authorities of China is a great shame for humanity."China quickly responded... posting a video, in which a man, supposedly Heyit himself, gave Sunday's date and stated he was in good health. Its foreign ministry spokesperson also accused Turkey of "double standards".SOT HUA Chunying"The Turkish foreign ministry spokesperson's statement was vile. ""Turkey is also a multi-ethnic country and faces the threat of terrorism. Adopting double standards on the issue of counter-terrorism will harm itself as well as others "
In 2017, the Beijing government legalised what it called "re-education centres" for ethnic Uighurs in Xinjiang, aimed at tackling extremism. Human rights groups see them as internment camps to torture and brainwash the ethnic minority. Turkish president Recep Tayyp Erdogan has styled himself as a defender of the world's Turkic peoples, and Beijing's 2009 crackdown on Uighurs as "genocide". But Ankara had thus far been silent in the face of a global outcry over the camps' legalisation.

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Comments 5 Comments

Knot Gord
ROFL so much hypocrisy. Turkey imprisons so many people plus all the genocide they commit.
Yola Peters
This is 1 thing we can learn from the Chinese. Islam belongs no where in the rest of the world. It’s like a cancer
Frederic Karlo
Turkey is the sex slave capital of the world, but hey, let’s do business with it anyway.
William Hughes
So 1 million Uyghurs supposedly detained... wake me up when Turkey finally admits the genocide of 1 million Armenians.
PP C.
Well, if Turkey is able to release it hundreds of thousands of detained Turks right after its military coup... Then they have the rights to raise the human rights flag..!!!!!! Else it's pure hypocrisy and trying to divert Turkey's internal political and economic pressure...!!!
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One Man's Fight To Get Congress To Care Beijing, Ankara clash over 2 days ago   05:48

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Dolkun Isa doesn’t have the money or powerful backing that most people who successfully lobby Congress have. But he’s going up against the government of China anyway.

Isa is the head of the World Uyghur Congress, an international nonprofit group that represents millions of ethnic Uyghurs who want independence from China's repressive rule. They accuse the Communist Party of trying to suppress their religion and dilute their culture. Activists like Isa say Uyghurs are regularly subjected to inhumane conditions, psychological abuse, and forced indoctrination.

A series of recent reports documenting China’s alleged human rights abuses against Uyghurs stirred alarm among politicians on Capitol Hill. So Isa went to Washington in November to meet with powerful legislators in hopes of gathering more American support for his community.

He may have some reason to be optimistic. Sens. Marco Rubio of Florida and Bob Menendez of New Jersey recently co-sponsored “The Uyghur Human Rights Act,” in an attempt to punish Chinese officials for allegedly holding at least 1 million Uyghurs in internment camps.

“This is something from a horror movie … not something you imagine happening in the 21st century,” Rubio told VICE News. “We cannot allow our foreign policy, our commitment to human rights, to be decided by whether or not there will be retaliation.”

This segment originally aired November 28, 2018 on VICE News Tonight on HBO.

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