China Releases Video It Says Proves Reports of Uighur Poet's Death Untrue

Last month China passed a law to'Sinicize Islam and make it'compatible with socialism

More than 1 million Uighurs are believed to have been held in "re-education camps", where they face psychological indoctrination in questionable conditions.

So far few Muslim-majority countries have joined in public worldwide condemnation of the allegations.

However, within 24 hours of Turkey making this statement China has released a video which purportedly shows Heyit alive.

At the start of the video, Heyit states his name and gives the date as February 10, 2019.

China described the comments as "completely unacceptable".

He said the "vocational centres" were created to give Uyghurs language and professional skills in order to combat poverty and "breeding grounds for extreme ideas".

CRI said it was released to state media by Xinjiang's regional government.

Amnesty International said the detentions appear to be part of an effort by the Chinese government to "wipe out religious beliefs and aspects of cultural identity in order to enforce political loyalty for the State and the Communist Party of China".

China hit back on Monday at Turkish criticism over its treatment of Uighurs and denied Ankara's claim that a renowned poet from the Muslim minority had died in custody, calling it an "absurd lie".

Roth went on to say that the "next step should be the UN Human Rights Council launching an investigation of China's outrages against Uighur and other Muslims in the Xinjiang region".

A DFAT spokesperson told the ABC they were not aware of any Australian citizens now being detained in Xinjiang.

"In some cases, those individuals have Australian connections such as permanent residency or a spouse visa". "We hope Chinese authorities will be more open on such issues from now on". Mr Heyit was thought to be serving an eight-year sentence in the Xinjiang region, where up to one million Uighur Muslims are being detained.

China, following the release of this video has asked Turkey to revoke its "false" claims.

"But even if it is the case, the lips seem to say the things he said in the video". He studied music in Beijing and later performed with national arts troupes.

The source said that prior to the video, they had not received any information on Heyit or the "many" others in similar conditions.

Global rights groups say China routinely coerces detainees into making videotaped confessions which are then broadcast through state media to serve the government's propaganda objectives. Heyit's death could not be independently confirmed.

"I immediately noticed that he looked uncomfortable and uneasy, and that he looked as if he was paying attention to directions", he told the ABC. Turkey depends on Chinese financing for major infrastructure projects, while China sees Turkey as an important link in its gargantuan Belt and Road project to expand its economic reach overseas.

Such productions are created to debase those accused by "putting words in people's mouths and use them as pawns ... to silence them".



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