UK to Challenge China over Xinjiang Abuses

At a United Nations Human Rights Council meeting today to discuss international access to China's Xinjiang Province, The British Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, will refer to reports of abuses in Xinjiang, including torture, forced labour and the forced sterilisation of women. He will tell the meeting:


“The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, or another independent fact-finding expert, must – and I repeat must – be given urgent and unfettered access to Xinjiang.”



Raab will also will also raise what he will call "the disgraceful treatment of Alexei Navalny", President Putin's critic who was poisoned and then sentenced to jail in Russia, the military coup in Myanmar and the situation in Belarus.


Reportedly Raab will get out the UK's plan to address these matters, including sanctions.


Head of the British Political Action Conference (BRITPAC) and founder of the Think Tank, 'Boudicca Policy', Henry Bolton OBE, welcomed the British position but wants to see more:


The world must wake up to the existential threat that the Communist Party of China poses to the world. The UK Foreign Secretary is right to make Britain's position known, but I want to see more robustness in confronting China's human rights and animal abuse, the threat it poses to world economies and its territorial expansionism.

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