The government of Turkey has issued a strongly worded statement that condemns China for its treatment of Uyghurs:
The reintroduction of internment camps in the XXIst century and the policy of systematic assimilation against the Uighur Turks carried out by the authorities of China is a great shame for humanity.
We expressed our views on the tragedy in the Xinjiang region to the Chinese authorities at all levels.
In such an environment, we have learned with deep sorrow the passing away in his second year of imprisonment of the distinguished folk poet Abdurehim Heyit, who was sentenced to eight years in prison for one of his songs. This tragedy has further reinforced the reaction of the Turkish public opinion towards serious human rights violations committed in the Xinjiang region. We expect this legitimate response to be taken into account by the Chinese authorities…
On this occasion, we invite the Chinese authorities to respect the fundamental human rights of Uighur Turks and to close the internment camps.
The Chinese government responded with a proof-of-life video released online by state media (BBC report with video). It shows, apparently, a pale but very much alive Abdurehim Heyit, who says that he is in good health but “being investigated for allegedly violating national laws." The style of the video is similar to the series of “confessions” of unconvicted people accused of nebulous crimes, which was produced by state broadcaster CCTV in the last six years.