Mainland media says Turkish embassies, consulate generals and related agencies in Southeast Asia knowingly gave proof of citizenship and passports to Chinese from Xinjiang
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST - Friday, 10 July, 2015
Turkish embassies in Southeast Asia have been accused of helping
Uygurs from the restive Xinjiang region to flee from China by issuing
questionable travelling documents, Chinese state media reported on
The report, citing Chinese police sources, came after Thailand announced on Thursday that about 100 Uygurs had been deported to China on Wednesday, while an earlier group of 172 women and children had been sent to Turkey in late June.
Citing the Ministry of Public Security, the Global Times, a tabloid newspaper affiliated to People’s Daily, said
Chinese police and Southeast Asian countries’ law enforcement officials
had faced “resistance and interference” from other countries in the
course of their crackdown on illegal emigration.
“According to [human smugglers’] confessions, Turkish
embassies, consulate generals and related agencies in Southeast Asia …
knowingly processed proof of citizenship and issued passports and travel
documents to Chinese people from Xinjiang,” the online report said.
“They even falsely claimed these Uygurs were their citizens and
openly rescued and took them away,” the report added. “Such a practice
opens the door for illegal emigration, violating local countries’ laws
and international treaties.”
The Turkish embassy in China told South China Morning Post it could not immediately comment on the Times’ report.