Parliamentarians must consider a cotton ban in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region against Uighur “genocide”: Member of Parliament



A cross-party committee of MPs said that by considering a ban on imports of all cotton products related to the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, lawmakers should put pressure on China over the “genocide” of Uighurs.

The Diplomatic Commission also called on the government to boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics as part of a series of recommendations to address human rights abuses.

A senior Conservative lawmaker, Tom Tagendat, expressed concern on Thursday that the government’s actions are now “inconsistent with its rhetoric” and so far “proven to be ineffective.”

Their report will put further pressure on the minister to take greater action against Beijing due to the mass detention of more than one million Uighurs and their compulsory sterilization program.

“After all the major atrocities and tragedy, the world does not say” never again “. It’s happening again. It’s never too late to act, “the report said.

They expressed concern that forced labor products were sold in the United Kingdom and it was estimated that more than 570,000 people were forced to pick cotton in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Foreign Minister Dominic Raab’s measures to prevent such products from entering the supply chain are “not well underway,” MP said.

They urged the government to introduce new legislation to impose sanctions and penalties on businesses that have not taken concrete steps to eliminate the use of forced labor from the chain.

Lawmakers were also urged to “explore the possibility of banning the import of all cotton products known to be produced entirely or partially in China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.”

Following a similar call from the Labor Party, the Commission said the minister should not attend the Beijing Winter Olympics, but “encourage others not to attend.”

The government was also asked to refrain from sending civil servants to ceremonies and events and to discourage British companies from sponsoring or promoting at events.

Fans and tourists should also be encouraged to stay away, and athletes should be discouraged from supporting Beijing’s promotional efforts, MP said.

The Commission also called for a ban on equipment allegedly deployed by Hikvision and other companies in the camp.

It was reported that Hikvision cameras were being used within the Ministry of Health as security concerns were raised about the leaked CCTV indicating that Matt Hancock was kissing his aide.

China claims that the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region camp is being used to fight terrorism, which is being contested on the international stage such as Britain, the European Union and the United States.

The House of Commons resolved earlier this year to declare that the treatment of Uighurs and others in northwestern China was a genocide, as another move to put pressure on the British government.

Villa Tugendhat, chair of the committee, said: “The UK Government needs to acknowledge Parliamentary decisions and urge international partners to strengthen their domestic response and protect their supply chains that are being used to benefit from abuse.

“China, the United Kingdom and others were the keys to building a system to prevent the repetition of barbarism seen in Asia and Europe 80 years ago. Now is the time to use them.”

A foreign ministry spokesman said: “The evidence of the magnitude and severity of human rights abuses committed against Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is widespread and portrays a truly dire situation.

“The British government has led an international effort to detain China to explain human rights abuses in the United Nations Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

“We have also announced sanctions such as asset freezes and a ban on travel to senior Chinese government officials to prevent British organizations from complicating these violations throughout the supply chain.

“We will carefully consider the results of this report.”

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