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China: Genocide

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 154940, tabled on 19 February 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps he has taken to ascertain the (a) views of Uighur and other Xinjiang minority representatives (i) within and (ii) outside China on whether a formal genocide determination would be in their interest and (b) extent to which members of the Xinjiang ethnic minority diaspora in the UK are subject to harassment (A) directly and (B) indirectly by the Chinese authorities.

Answered on

1 March 2021

The FCDO engages with a wide range of NGOs and interested groups on the situation in Xinjiang. We are aware of reports of members of the Uyghur diaspora - including in the UK - being harassed by the Chinese authorities in an effort to intimidate them into silence, force them to return to China, or co-opt them into providing information on other Uyghurs. The Government regards such activity as unacceptable. The FCDO continues to monitor the situation closely and we urge anyone affected in the UK to contact the police.