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Xinjiang: Human Rights

Question for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

UIN HL2290, tabled on 8 September 2022

To ask His Majesty's Government whether they plan to table motions for consideration at (1) the UN Human Rights Council, (2) the General Assembly, and (3) the Security Council, following the United Nations report OHCHR Assessment of human rights concerns in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, People’s Republic of China, published on 31 August.

Answered on

20 October 2022

The report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights provides new evidence of the extent of China's efforts to silence and repress Uyghurs and other minorities in Xinjiang. It includes a broad range of evidence, including first-hand accounts from victims.

The UK has already led international efforts to pressure China to change its behaviour. We have imposed sanctions, led joint statements at the UN, taken action to tackle forced labour in supply chains, funded research to expose China's actions, and consistently raised China's human rights violations at the highest levels in Beijing.

We have raised the report's findings with the Chinese Embassy in London as well as senior officials in Beijing. We are now considering appropriate next steps with our international partners.