Uighurs

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 5th January 2022.

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Photo of Fiona Bruce Fiona Bruce Conservative, Congleton

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps her Department is taking towards imposing sanctions on individuals responsible for oppressing the Uyghur people.

Photo of Amanda Milling Amanda Milling Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

On 22 March, the Government announced that, under the UK's Global Human Rights sanctions regime, the UK has imposed asset freezes and travel bans against four senior Chinese government officials and an asset freeze on one entity. These measures were taken alongside the US, Canada and the EU, and sent a clear message to the Chinese Government that the international community will not turn a blind eye to such serious and systematic violations of basic human rights. Sanctions are just one tool at our disposal, and the UK will continue to work closely with our partners in holding China to account for the egregious human rights situation in Xinjiang, including at the United Nations.

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