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China: Uighurs

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL10450, tabled on 9 October 2018

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of alleged human rights violations against China's Uighur population and of reports that up to one million Uighur have been sent to re-education camps; and what representations they have made to the government of China on these issues.

Answered on

23 October 2018

We have serious concerns about the human rights situation in Xinjiang and continued reports of the Chinese Government’s deepening crackdown; including credible reports of re-education camps and wide spread surveillance and restrictions targeted at ethnic minorities. I raised our concerns about Xinjiang with Vice Minister Guo Yezhou during my visit to China on 22 July 2018. The Foreign Secretary also raised our concerns about the region with Chinese State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi during his visit to China on 30 July 2018. The UK raised our concerns about Xinjiang in our Item 4 statement at the September UN Human Rights Council.