China: Ethnic Groups

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 27th February 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 effect of use of Hikvision’s high-technology surveillance on the human rights of (a) Uighurs and (b) other Muslim minorities in China.

Photo of Nigel Adams Nigel Adams Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Joint with the Department for International Development)

We are aware of reports linking Hikvision to the human rights situation in Xinjiang. We frequently raise our serious concerns about the situation in Xinjiang with the Chinese authorities and at the UN, and will continue to do so. Through our Overseas Business Guidance we encourage any UK business involved in investing in Xinjiang to consider conducting appropriate due diligence to satisfy themselves that their activities do not support, or risk being seen to be supporting, any human rights violations or abuses.

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