Feb 10 2019

Uighur poet appears alive day after Turkey condemns China for his death

One day after Turkey renounced China's policies towards Uighur Turks and condemned Beijing on the death of Uighur folk poet Abdurehim Heyit, China's state run news agency CRI's Turkish service released a video showing Heyit is live. 

Turkish media reported that Heyit was tortured to death in a so-called re-education camp in China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

In a short video where Heyit appears distressed, he introduces himself and then announces the date of Feb. 10,  2019. 

In the video, Heyit says he is currently "under investigation for allegedly violating the national laws,'' adding that he is good health and has not been abused.

He then repeats the date and his own name.

While Turkey and China broadly have good relations, Turkey's Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Hami Aksoy said on Saturday that he was responding to the death of Uighur poet and musician Abdurehim Heyit in a Chinese prison.

“The re-emergence of concentration camps in the 21st century and China’s systematic assimilation policy toward Uighur Turks are great embarrassment for humanity,” Aksoy said, in a harshly worded statement for the first time since the camps were widely recorded by the Western media outlets more than 7 months ago.