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Renowned Uyghur musician ‘dies’ in Chinese detention camp: Why the world is deaf to horror tales from these ‘schools’

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Abdurehim Heyit is/was a renowned musician, a master of playing the Dutar — the famously difficult two-stringed musical instrument.

Around 2010, one of his songs offended the Chinese government.

Heyit, an ethnic Uyghur, was arrested.

Almost nine years later, on February 10, reports emerged that the artist had died in custody.

Stories of China illegally detaining, torturing and ‘homogenising’ its Muslim Uyghur population were flagged by the UN in August 2018. However, outrage — and action — from the rest of the world have built up notably slowly.

After reports of Heyit’s death, Turkey, with which the Uyghurs share linguistic and cultural ties, protested. The Chinese state — that usually shrugs off criticism — was moved enough to lash back, even releasing a video showing Heyit apparently alive.

Abdurrehim Heyit ölmedi, Türkiye Disisleri’nin #Xinjiang iddialari asilsiz. Abdurrehim Heyit’in saglik durumunun iyi oldugu açiklandi. https://t.co/cqmcyeVS2s @TC_Disisleri @TurkEmbBeijing @anadoluajansi @trthaber @ntv @cnnturk @Hurriyet @Postacomtr #AbdurrehimHeyit pic.twitter.com/hFryakReEr

— CRI Türkçe (@CRI_Turkish) February 10, 2019

“I’m in the process of being investigated for allegedly violating the national laws,” the artist can purportedly be heard saying in the video. “I’m now in good health and have never been abused.”

Some rights groups, however, have alleged that the video is fake — with Chinese expertise in technology,........

© DailyO