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Turkey urges China to respect Uighur rights, close camps

AP  |  Istanbul 

Turkey's has called China's treatment of its minority Uighurs "a great cause of for humanity."

In a statement Saturday, said it's "no longer a secret" that has arbitrarily detained more than a million Uighurs in "concentration camps."

He said the Turkic Muslim population faced pressure and "systematic assimilation" in western

Aksoy said has shared with its position on "all levels" and urged authorities to close the detention facilities and respect human rights.

Turkish had once accused China of "genocide" but has since established closer diplomatic and economic relations with

China has intensified a security crackdown on Uighurs that was put in place after a bloody 2009 riot. Droves of Uighurs have fled, many traveling to

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First Published: Sun, February 10 2019. 00:50 IST