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China: Uighurs

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL7863, tabled on 7 September 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of the statement signed by 76 faith leaders calling for action in response to alleged atrocities against Uyghurs over the past three years in Xinjiang; and what plans they have to set up an impartial investigation into those allegations.

Answered on

21 September 2020

We are aware of the joint statement from faith leaders about Xinjiang. The evidence on the range and extent of human rights violations in Xinjiang is well-established, including evidence from the Chinese authorities' own publicly-available government documents and satellite imagery. The UN has made clear recommendations to China, including to release those arbitrarily detained in camps. We have repeatedly called on China to urgently implement those recommendations and to allow unfettered access to the High Commissioner for Human Rights and UN experts.