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Turkey Asks China to Close ‘Concentration Camps’ for Uighurs

  • Protest follows reported death of Uighur poet and musician
  • Foreign ministry calls for international pressure on China
Turkish supporters of the Uighur minority burn a Chinese flag during a protest in 2018.
Turkish supporters of the Uighur minority burn a Chinese flag during a protest in 2018.Photographer: Ozan Kose/AFP via Getty Images

Turkey demanded Chinese authorities respect human rights of the Muslim Uighur minority and close “concentration camps” imprisoning them.

More than 1 million Uighurs are being tortured and “politically brainwashed” in camps and prisons in China, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said in a statement on the ministry’s website Saturday.