China and Tibet: Human Rights

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 13th October 2020.

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

What steps he is taking with Cabinet colleagues to help UK businesses to ensure their supply chains do not include workers subject to human rights violations in Xinjiang and Tibet.

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

FCDO funded research into forced labour in Xinjiang has been crucial to raising global awareness of this issue. Officials regularly meet business and industry stakeholders to make them aware of the scale of forced labour and other human rights abuses in Xinjiang. We continue to urge all UK businesses to conduct appropriate due diligence to ensure their supply chains are free of forced labour. On October 6th, 39 countries joined a statement at the UN Third Committee expressing deep concern at the human rights situation in Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Tibet. This growing caucus willing to speak out reflects UK diplomatic leadership.

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