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China: Human Rights

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL9973, tabled on 4 November 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of reports that the government of China has harassed human rights activists working in that country to support Uighurs; and what steps they have taken to assist those activists.

Answered on

18 November 2020

We are deeply concerned by the arbitrary detention of over a million Uyghurs in Xinjiang, including advocates of Uyghurs' rights, culture, language and religion. We engage with a range of human rights defenders, including Uyghur and non-Uyghur and those based outside of China, to better understand what is happening in Xinjiang. This informs our response to the violation and abuses in Xinjiang. Human rights defenders play an essential role in promoting and protecting democracy, respect for human rights and the rule of law.