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China: Human Rights

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN 105524, tabled on 17 January 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what representations she has made to her counterparts in China on the continued attack on the human rights of citizen journalists, academics, human rights lawyers, human rights defenders, and ethnic and religious minorities in that country.

Answered on

25 January 2022

We have serious concerns about the human rights situation in China, including severe restrictions on ethnic minority rights, independent civil society, media freedom, and human rights defenders.

We regularly raise our concerns about human rights directly with the Chinese authorities at the highest levels. Most recently, the Prime Minister did so in a telephone call with President Xi on 29 October, as did the Foreign Secretary in her introductory call with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on 22 October. I personally raised our concerns with the Chinese Ambassador in our meeting on 15 December.