‘I have never been abused’ says detained Uighur Abdurehim Heyit

‘I am in good health and have never been abused,’ Uighur musician Abdurehim Heyit says in a video message released by Chinese state media. The musician was rumoured to have died on the weekend which prompted Turkey to put out a statement condemning the mass detention of Uighurs in China’s far-western region of Xinjiang. China then released a video message from Heyit saying he was in good health and in the custody of authorities after ‘allegedly violating national laws’. His body language and choice of words seem to suggest he is under duress. Heyit was sentenced to eight years in prison for one of his songs

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