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Activists and U.N. rights experts have said that at least 1 million Muslims are detained in camps in the remote western region. China denies abuses and says its camps provide vocational training and are needed to fight extremism.
Raab, in a recorded speech to the U.N. Human Rights Council, said that the rights of people in Hong Kong – a former British colony – were being “systematically violated.” The national security law imposed by China was inhibiting freedoms, he said, calling for free and fair legislative elections to take place. “The situation in Xinjiang is beyond the pale,” he told the Geneva forum where China is among the 47 member states.
“The reported abuses – which include torture, forced labor and forced sterilization of women – are extreme and they are extensive. They are taking place on an industrial scale,” he said.
DOMINIC RAAB: The situation in Xinjiang is beyond the pale. The reported abuses, which include torture, forced labor, and forced sterilization of women, are extreme and they are extensive. They’re taking place on an industrial scale. It must be our collective duty to ensure that this does not go unanswered. UN mechanisms must respond.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, or another independent fact finding expert must, and I repeat, must be given urgent and unfettered access to Xinjiang. And if members of this Human Rights Council are to live up to our responsibilities, there must be a resolution which secures this access.