Demonstrators accuse the Chinese state of committing genocide and torture against the Uighur Muslim minority.
Dozens of Chinese protesters Uighur Muslim ethnicity they have protested in Istanbul and called for a boycott of the Winter Olympics in Beijing next month over China’s treatment of the minority.
Demonstrators gathered outside the city’s Turkish Olympic Committee building on Sunday, waving the white-and-blue flags of the East Turkestan independence movement, which Beijing says threatens the stability of the western Xinjiang region.
“China, stop the genocide; China, close the camps, ”shouted protesters, raising the banner that“ Stop the Genocide Olympics ”.
“China has no right to host the Olympics while committing all kinds of torture, cruelty and genocide against the Uyghurs,” said Uyghur housewife Munevver Ozuygur, who said she had relatives in Chinese camps.
United Nations experts and rights groups have estimated that more than a million people have been arrested in Xinjiang camps in recent years, mostly Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities.
Beijing denies genocide or denouncing the existence of forced labor camps in Xinjiang and the fact that Uighurs declaring abroad about the conditions within the northwestern region are liars.
After initially denying the existence of camps in Xinjiang, China later defended them as vocational training centers aimed at reducing the attractiveness of “extremism.”
The United States and many of its allies, including the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, Japan and Denmark, have said they will not send an official diplomatic representative to the games as a protest against China’s rights history. The Winter Olympics begin on February 4th.
The US has punishments The growing list of Chinese politicians and companies is taking precedence over the treatment of Uyghurs by taking measures in Beijing.
China has punished lawmakers in Europe, Britain and the United States, as well as academics studying in Xinjiang and a law firm in London.
It is estimated that about 50,000 Uyghurs, with whom Turks share ethnic, religious, and linguistic ties, live in Turkey, the largest Uighur diaspora outside of Central Asia.
Last month, 19 Uyghurs a criminal prosecution He is accused of committing genocide, torture, rape and crimes against humanity against Chinese officials with a Turkish prosecutor.
Uighurs living in Turkey have criticized Ankara for its approach to China.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said this month that he had conveyed Turkey’s “views, hopes and sensibilities” in talks with his Chinese counterpart in Beijing.
“The world, the Turkish countries and the Islamic countries need to wake up. China is committing genocide right now, “said Abdurrahman Taymaz.
“People are being deceived. We want to boycott these Olympics as soon as possible. ”