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China: Uighurs

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 7th January 2020.

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Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Minister (Home Office) (Immigration)

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what assessment he has made of the adequacy of the (a) governance and (b) humanitarian situation of the Uyghurs in the Xinjiang province, China.

Photo of Heather Wheeler Heather Wheeler The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs

We have serious concerns about the human rights and humanitarian situation in Xinjiang, where there are credible reports of Uyghurs and other minorities being detained.” British diplomats in China visit Xinjiang regularly, most recently in November, in order to see the situation at first-hand. Their observations have supported much of the recent open source reporting, including reports of widespread surveillance measures, restrictions targeted at specific ethnic groups, and restrictions on the ability to freely practice religion.

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