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Feb 17 2019

China places Chinese males in each Uighur family in the country - AKP spox

Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesperson Ömer Çelik said Turkish authorities have been concerned over reports saying that the Chinese government placed a Chinese male citizen into each Muslim ethnic Uighur family. 

"We know that there are assimilation-like implementations against Muslim communities, Uighur communities in China...There are several reports saying that (Chinese authorities) placed a Chinese male into each Turkistani Muslim family. All these (allegations) should be clarified," Çelik said in a televised speech on CNNTürk on Friday. 

Çelik also repeated Ankara's concerns over concentration camps and human rights abuses against the Uigur Turks in China. The spokesman said Turkey respects China's territorial integrity but it doesn't give legitimacy to the Chinese government to mistreat Uighurs in the country. 

China is accused of turning the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region into “a massive internment camp,”  with "at least 800,000 and possibly up to a couple of million" Uighurs and others being held in detention. China, however, denies the charges, calling them “re-education” camps for vocational training.

Last week, Turkey’s foreign ministry called on China to close the Uighurs camps, calling them “a great cause of shame for humanity.” 

Uighur people are subject to intense surveillance; are made to give DNA and biometric samples; learning Mandarin Chinese and criticising or renouncing their faith, according to Human Rights Watch.

A bloody riot in 2009 led to China’s increased security crackdown on around 9 million Uighurs living in the country.