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China: Uighurs

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN 170428, tabled on 4 September 2018

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what representations he has made to the Chinese Government on reports of political re-education camps housing up to one million Uighur Muslims in that country.

Answered on

10 September 2018

We remain deeply concerned about the human rights situation in Xinjiang. We are aware of credible reports of thousands of Uighurs being held in political re-education camps. UK officials recently visited Xinjiang to see the latest situation at first-hand, and found a heavy security presence on the ground.

The Foriegn Secretary raised our concerns about Xinjiang, and specifically so called ‘re-education camps’, with Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi during his visit to China in July 2018. I also raised our concerns about Xinjiang with Vice Minister Guo Yezhou during my visit to China on 22 July 2018. Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials will continue to monitor the situation in Xinjiang closely.

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