On Monday, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab condemned torture, forced labor and sterilization that he said was taking place on a “industrial scale” against Muslim Uighurs in the Xinjiang region of China.
U.N. activists and. Experts on rights have estimated that at least 1 million Muslims are being held in camps in the remote western region. China denies violations and insists that its camps provide vocational training and are essential to tackle extremism.
Raab, in a recorded U.N. voice. The Human Rights Council said that people’s rights were being ‘systematically abused’ in Hong Kong, a former British colony. China’s imposed national security law inhibited freedoms, he said, calling for free and fair legislative elections to take place.
“The situation is beyond the pale in Xinjiang,” he told the Geneva Forum, where China is one of the 47 member states.
“The reported abuses – which include torture, forced labour and forced sterilisation of women – are extreme and they are extensive. They are taking place on an industrial scale,” he said.
Raab made a call to the U.N. Urgent and unrestricted access” to Xinjiang should be given to High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet or another independent expert and said that a Council resolution should be reached to that effect.”
The Biden administration has supported the Trump administration’s last-minute decision that China has committed genocide in Xinjiang and has said that China must be prepared to impose costs on the United States.
Raab told the rights forum that after a military coup on Feb. 1, the situation in Myanmar was deteriorating.
“The military must step aside. Civilian leaders must be released. And the democratic wishes of the people of Myanmar must be respected,” he said.