Human Rights Violations against Uyghurs: Sanctions

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office – in the House of Commons on 15th June 2021.

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Photo of James Murray James Murray Shadow Financial Secretary (Treasury)

What plans he has to extend Magnitsky-style sanctions to Chen Quangou, Party Secretary of Xinjiang region in China, in response to his alleged involvement in human rights violations against the Uyghur.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

On 22 March, the Foreign Secretary announced global human rights sanctions against four Chinese officials and one entity responsible for serious human rights violations in Xinjiang. We did so alongside the United States, Canada and the European Union, sending a powerful message to China about the strength of international concern. The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office will continue to keep all potential evidence and listings under close review.

Photo of James Murray James Murray Shadow Financial Secretary (Treasury)

While we wait for the Government to take further action on sanctions against individuals, I would like to press the Minister on whether the UK Government will follow this House and the US and Canadian Governments in declaring the Chinese Government’s persecution of the Uyghur people to be a genocide.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

As the hon. Member probably knows, we do not shy from taking action. We have led international efforts to hold China to account. It is the long-standing policy of several Governments of the United Kingdom that the determination of genocide should be by a competent court.