UK demands this from China in a different way
UK demands this from China in a different way

In a recent move, UK has put forward a demand with China. The Boris Johnson government on Friday called on China to permit the United Nations unfettered entrance to Xinjiang following what it called “grave concerns about China’s policies against the Uighur Muslims” in the region. Tariq Ahmad, foreign office minister for South Asia and the Commonwealth, released a statement on China at the UN Human Rights Council stating that there is “compelling evidence of systemic human rights violations in Xinjiang”.

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In Hong Kong, Ahmad explained the UK’s deep concerns about the “direct threat” that Beijing’s new National Security Law allegedly represents to rights and freedoms in the Special Administrative Region, the foreign office said. Ahmad stated, “(Of) grave concern, in Xinjiang, there is compelling evidence, including from the Chinese authorities’ own documents of systematic human rights violations. Culture and religion are severely restricted, and we have seen credible reports of forced labor and forced birth control. Staggeringly, up to 1.8 million people have been detained without trial”.

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He added: “Across the country, we also remain seriously concerned about the pressure on media freedom…(We) call on China to uphold the rights and freedoms in the Joint Declaration, to respect the independence of the Hong Kong judiciary, allow unfettered access to Xinjiang and to release all those who are arbitrarily detained”. Ahmad told Beijing’s imposition of the National Security Law amounts to a serious violation of the legally binding Sino-British Joint Declaration, supposedly infringing Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy and directly threatens rights and freedoms.

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