China rejects Turkey criticism on Uighurs, denies poet's death

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China rejects Turkey criticism on Uighurs, denies poet's death

China has hit back at claims by Turkey over its treatment of Uighur people and denied reports a prominent poet and musician from the ethnic Muslim minority was tortured to death in prison.

The Chinese embassy in Turkey said in a statement that the poet, 57-year-old Abdurehim Heyit, was in good health after reports claimed he had died while serving an eight-year prison sentence.

State-owned China Radio International released a 25-second video of the pale-faced Heyit, dated 10 February, where he said he was being investigated for "allegedly violating national laws".

Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a briefing on Monday that the video proved Heyit was alive.

"The Turkish side has made a very bad mistake, quite irresponsible," she said. "How could they say he was dead?"

"We hope the relevant Turkish persons can distinguish between right and wrong and correct their mistakes.

In a statement on Saturday, Turkey's foreign ministry pressed China to respect the human rights of the Uighur minority and close "concentration camps" imprisoning the Turkic Muslim population.


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The meeting had been called against the backdrop of growing concerns about safeguarding citizens' data privacy and the possibility of social media platforms being used to interfere in the upcoming elections.

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As soon as the House met for the Budget session, the Chief Minister moved the resolution and termed the attack as "inhuman" and "barbaric".

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