China rejects Turkey criticism on Uighurs, denies poet died

China denies claims that a famous Uighur poet died in custody. Above, Chinese asylum seekers walk towards Thai immigration trucks in 2014, many thought to belong to the Uighur minority. (AFP)
Updated 11 February 2019
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China rejects Turkey criticism on Uighurs, denies poet died

  • China hopes Turkey detect and correct their mistake

BEIJING: China hit back on Monday against Turkish criticism over its treatment of ethnic Uighurs and denied Ankara’s claim that a renowned poet from the Muslim minority had died in custody.
“China has already made solemn representations toward Turkey. We hope the relevant Turkish persons can distinguish between right and wrong and correct their mistakes,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said during a daily press briefing.


Rohingya refugees protest exodus, demand rights in Myanmar

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Rohingya refugees protest exodus, demand rights in Myanmar

  • The event comes days after Bangladesh attempted to start the repatriation of 3,450 Rohingya Muslims
  • Another rally opposing the force repatriation is planned for Sunday

COX’S BAZAR, Bangladesh: Thousands of angry and frustrated Rohingya refugees have marked the second anniversary of their exodus from Myanmar into Bangladesh by demanding their citizenship and other rights in the country they fled from.
The event comes days after Bangladesh attempted to start the repatriation of 3,450 Rohingya Muslims but none agreed to go back voluntarily.
More than 1 million Rohingya live in Bangladesh.
On Sunday morning, more than 3,000 gathered at a playground in Kutupalong camp. Some carried placards and banners reading “Never Again! Rohingya Genocide Remembrance Day,” and “Restore our citizenship.”
Organizer Muhib Ullah says they plan a massive rally later Sunday.
Myanmar has consistently denied human rights violations and says military operations in Rakhine state were justified in response to attacks by Rohingya insurgents.