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China: Uighurs

Foreign and Commonwealth Office written question – answered on 20th May 2020.

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Photo of Afzal Khan Afzal Khan Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent assessment he has made of the (a) availability and (b) adequacy of medical and sanitation supplies in response to the covid-19 outbreak in Xinjiang.

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

Holding answer received on 12 May 2020

We are not in a position to assess effectively the availability and adequacy of medical and sanitation supplies in Xinjiang, however, we are not aware of a significant COVID-19 outbreak in the region. We will continue to engage closely with the Chinese authorities on the COVID-19 crisis. We will also continue to make clear to the Chinese authorities our serious concerns about the human rights and humanitarian situation in Xinjiang, including the extra-judicial detention of over a million Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in "political re-education camps". On 9 March, the Foreign Secretary directly raised these concerns with his Chinese counterpart, State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

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