“We call on the international community and the Secretary General of the United Nations to take effective measures in order to bring to an end this human tragedy in Xinjiang,” the statement said. He claimed thousands of children had been separated from their parents by the Chinese government.
Beijing has repeatedly denied it is detaining Uyghurs against their will, calling the camps “vocational training centers” and suggesting they are providing education.
Xinjiang Gov. Shohrat Zakir, himself a Uyghur, told the state-run Xinhua news agency in October that since the crackdown “Xinjiang is not only beautiful but also safe and stable.”
But Aksoy claimed the Chinese government was undertaking a deliberate campaign to eradicate “the ethnic, religious and cultural identities of the Uyghur Turks and other Muslim communities in the region.”
“The reintroduction of internment camps in the 21st century and the policy of systematic assimilation against the Uyghur Turks carried out by the authorities of China is a great shame for humanity,” the statement said.
The Turkish Foreign Ministry said it had learned a folk poet, Abdurehim Heyit, imprisoned for eight years for one of his songs, had died during his imprisonment in China.
“This tragedy has further reinforced the reaction of the Turkish public opinion towards serious human rights violations committed in the Xinjiang region. We expect this legitimate response to be taken into account by the Chinese authorities,” the statement said.
There have been large-scale demonstrations in both Turkey and Indonesia against Beijing over the past year.
It comes as human rights activists and former detainees described death and torture inside Beijing’s Xinjiang camps.