Mahathir puts Uighur rights above China ties

Malaysian leader's move to send ethnic Uighur Muslim detainees to Turkey defied a Chinese extradition request and threatens to roil already strained bilateral relations

Singapore, October 16, 2018 5:35 PM (UTC+8)
Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march asking the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region and the closure of "re-education centers" where some Uighurs are detained, during a march in Brussels, April 27, 2018. Photo:AFP/ Emmanuel Dunand
Ethnic Uighurs take part in a protest march asking the European Union to call upon China to respect human rights in the Chinese Xinjiang region and the closure of "re-education centers" where some Uighurs are detained, during a march in Brussels, April 27, 2018. Photo:AFP/ Emmanuel Dunand
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