Beijing must “cease efforts to coerce” Uighur Muslims who fled the country to return, a US State Department spokesperson told Al Arabiya English on Monday, following reports that Turkey is sending Uighur refugees back to China.
Uighur refugee boys read the Koran where they are housed in a gated complex in the central city of Kayseri, Turkey, February 11, 2015. (File photo: AP)
From Turkey to Tajikistan to China
Chinese President Xi Jinping, right shakes hands with Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, as they attend a signing ceremony in Beijing, on July 29, 2015. (File photo: AP)
Protesters march in support of China's Uighurs in Istanbul, Turkey, December 20, 2019. (Reuters)
Uighur persecution in China
Workers walk by the perimeter fence of what is officially known as a vocational skills education center in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China on September 4, 2018. (AP)