Uighurs to China: Post a video of my missing relatives, too

February 11, 2019 - 10:33 pm

BEIJING (AP) — Members of the Uighur Muslim ethnic group are calling on China to post videos of their relatives who have disappeared into a vast system of internment camps.

The social media campaign follows the release of a state media video showing famed Uighur musician Abdurehim Heyit, who many believed had died in custody.

China has come under increasing scrutiny for the camps holding an estimated 1 million minority Muslims in its far west Xinjiang region.

Beijing says these facilities are vocational training centers where Uighurs, Kazakhs and others receive free skills education.

In a rare show of public criticism from a majority Muslim nation, Turkey on Saturday called China's treatment of Uighurs "a great cause of shame for humanity." Its foreign ministry condemned the camps, citing Heyit's reported death.

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