The office of the British Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, said it would also celebrate Britain’s return to the United Nations Human Rights Council as a voting member condemning the human rights record of his fellow Council members, China and Russia, and would raise concerns about Myanmar and Belarus.
Regarding China, Raab will point to reports of violations in Xinjiang, including torture, forced labor, and forced sterilization of women. According to his office, he will say, “It is taking place on an industrial scale.”
He will say, “The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, or any other independent fact-finding expert, should be granted – and I repeat it must – urgent and unrestricted access to Xinjiang.”
China has been widely condemned for setting up complexes in Xinjiang that Beijing describes as “vocational training centers” to eradicate extremism and give people new skills. China’s critics have described it as a concentration camp.
The United Nations has said that at least one million Uyghurs and other Muslims are being held in Xinjiang.
While the Chinese government has repeatedly said that Muslim minorities in Xinjiang have a high quality of life, authorities have often hindered journalists’ attempts to report independently on the region.
The Chinese government is facing increasing pressure to address allegations of human rights violations against Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.
The British Foreign Secretary Raab will also discuss the “disgraceful” treatment of the Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, the crisis in Myanmar and the situation in Belarus. It will outline the steps Britain has taken to address these issues, such as sanctions, and encourage others to follow them.