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China retaliates after Turkey's claims about Abdurehim Heyit

Image copyrightCRI Image captionA screenshot of the footage appearing to show Mr Heyit                 China has railed at Turkish claims that…

 screenshot of video appearing to show Abdurehim Heyit

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A screenshot of the footage appearing to show Mr Heyit

China has railed at Turkish claims that it is a minority of minority, after a dispute about the fate of a prominent musician.

Turkey cited reports Abdurehim Heyit died in a detention camp, and called China’s treatment of the Uighurs a “great embarrassment for humanity.”

China then released a video allegedly showing Mr Heyit alive.

The Uighurs are a Muslim minority in north-western China who speak a language closely related to Turkish.

They have come under intense surveillance by the authorities and up to a million Uighurs are reportedly detained. A significant number of Uighurs have moved to Turkey from China in recent years.

China has asked Turkey to revoke its “false” claims. A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman said the musician was “very healthy“.

“The relevant Turkish people can distinguish between right and wrong,” spokeswoman Hua Chunying customs reporters

What is in the video ?

The video was released by China Radio International’s Turkish-language service, which said Turkey’s criticism of China was unfounded.

Dated 1

0 February, the video features a man said to be Mr Heyit stating that he is in “good health “.

The musician appears to say he is” in the process of being investigated for allegedly violating national laws “.

He gives the date of the video and says he has” never been abused “.

The man is wearing civilian clothes, and is speaking the Uighur language.

What did Turkey say?

Turkey foreign ministry had said that Uighurs were being subjected to “torture” in “concentration camps”.

Foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said the reports of Mr Heyit’s death “further strengthened the Turkish public’s reaction to the serious human rights violations in Xinjiang”.

based Uyghur Human Rights Project – Told the BBC that some aspects of the video were “suspicious”

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

Analysts say many fear political and economic retaliation from China

Turkey’s strategic blunder?

By John Sudworth, BBC News, Beijing

Critics have long seen Turkey’s silence over the plight of China’s Uighurs as a strategic blunder, undermining President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s lofty claim to moral leadership of the Muslim world

But belatedly basing its condemnation of China’s system of internally camps on a wrongful claim of a death in custody might be seen as and even bigger blunder.

That is definitely the view of China’s foreign ministry. “The video clip has provided very good evidence for the truth,” the ministry’s spokeswoman said.

Before the claims of the musicians’ death, and China’s quick rebuttal, there had been no official word about his detention at all.

Like hundreds of thousands of Uighurs, he had simply disappeared into a legal black hole.

And the video bears all the hallmarks of the forced, televised confessions regularly produced by the combined efforts of China’s Communist Party-controlled courts, police investigators and state-run media.

China has been quick to claim that the reports of Mr. Heyit’s death prove to be much of the criticism of the situation in Xinjiang is based on falsehoods.

But critics will continue to argue that the confusion – vote from the lack of any independent scrutiny – shows exactly why there is such a growing concern, even, finally, in Turkey

China’s hidden camps

What do we know about Heyit’s fate?

Heyit was a celebrated player of the dutar, a two-stringed instrument that is notoriously hard to master. At one time, he was venerated across China. He studied music in Beijing and later performed with national arts troupes.

Mr Heyit’s detention reportedly voiced from a song he had performed, titled Fathers. It takes its lyrics from a Uighur poem calling on younger generations to respect the sacrifices of those before them

But three words in the lyrics – “martyrs of war” – apparently led to conclude that Mr Heyit presented a terrorist threat

Uighurs make up about 45% of the population in Xinjiang

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John Sudworth reports from Xinjiang, where One million Uighurs have reportedly been detained

In recent decades, large numbers of Han Chinese (China’s ethnic majority) have migrated to Xinjiang, and the Uighurs feel their culture and livelihoods are under threat

Xinjiang is officially designated as an autonomous region within China, like Tibet to its south.

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