Led by Siobhain McDonagh MP, 130 parliamentarians have today written to the Chinese Ambassador to the UK condemning treatment of Uyghur people in Xinjiang

Sep 8, 2020 | Uncategorized

130 parliamentarians write to Chinese Ambassador, condemning treatment of Uyghur people in Xinjiang

Siobhain McDonagh MP has today sent a cross-party letter to the Chinese Ambassador Liu Xiaoming signed by 130 Parliamentarians expressing absolute condemnation of the treatment of the Uyghur people in Xinjiang. The letter notes: “The Chinese Government’s actions must be stated for what they are: a systematic and calculated programme of ethnic cleansing against the Uyghur people.”

Siobhain McDonagh says:

This is a systematic and calculated programme of ethnic cleansing against the Uyghur people. Condemning it is one thing, taking action against a world super power is another. When the world is presented with such overwhelming evidence of gross human rights abuses, nobody can turn a blind eye. Because this time no one can say they didn’t know.”

Siobhain McDonagh MP House of Commons London SW1A 0AA

His Excellency Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Embassy of China 49 Portland Place London W1B 1JL

08 September 2020

Your Excellency,

RE: Oppression of the Uighur people

We are writing to express our extreme concern at the treatment of the Uighur people in Xinjiang.

We understand that approximately one million people have been detained and held in detention camps. Those who have escaped give horrifying testimony of religious persecution, physical abuse and torture. Sickening footage was shown to you on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show in July of a large number of people blindfolded, kneeling and shaven, waiting to be
loaded on to trains. The similarities between this video and historical footage of Nazi concentration camps are truly chilling.

Your interview followed further shocking accusations that the Chinese Government is actively pursuing a policy to reduce the Uighur population with Uighur women facing forced sterilisation, forced abortion and the forced removal of their wombs. It has even been reported that birth rates have fallen by 60% in some Uighur areas.

The Chinese Government’s actions must be stated for what they are: a systematic and calculated programme of ethnic cleansing against the Uighur people.

When the world is presented with such overwhelming evidence of gross human rights abuses, nobody can turn a blind eye. We as Parliamentarians in the United Kingdom write to express our absolute condemnation of this oppression and call for it to end immediately.

Yours sincerely,

Siobhain McDonagh MP

Member of Parliament for Mitcham and Morden


Tahir Ali MP
Rushanara Ali MP
Apsana Begum MP
Steven Bonnar MP
Sir Peter Bottomley MP
Angus Brendan MacNeil MP
Kevin Brennan MP
Alan Brown MP
Ian Byrne MP
Rt Hon Alistair Carmichael MP
Sarah Champion MP
Joanna Cherry QC MP
Rosie Cooper MP
Daisy Cooper MP
Rt Hon Stephen Crabb MP
Stella Creasy MP
Jon Cruddas MP
John Cryer MP
Rt Hon Sir Edward Davey MP
Martin Docherty-Hughes MP
Allan Dorans MP
Colum Eastwood MP
Clive Efford MP
Julie Elliott MP
Stephen Farry MP
Rt Hon Sir Roger Gale MP
Patricia Gibson MP
Patrick Grady MP
Neil Gray MP
Lilian Greenwood MP
Claire Hanna MP
Neale Hanvey MP
Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP
Wera Hobhouse MP
Rt Hon Dame Margaret Hodge MP
Sharon Hodgson MP
Rt Hon Sir George Howarth MP
Dr Rupa Huq MP
Christine Jardine MP
Kim Johnson MP
Dame Diana Johnson MP
Alicia Kearns MP
Barbara Keeley MP
Ben Lake MP
Clive Lewis MP
David Linden MP
Caroline Lucas MP
Stewart McDonald MP
Stuart McDonald MP
Rt Hon Pat McFadden MP
Catherine McKinnell MP
Carol Monaghan MP
Layla Moran MP
Brendan O’Hara MP
Kate Osamor MP
Kate Osborne MP
Dr Dan Poulter MP
Gavin Robinson MP
Andrew Rosindell MP
Jim Shannon MP
Virendra Sharma MP
Rt Hon Alec Shelbrooke MP
Tommy Sheppard MP
Jamie Stone MP
Graham Stringer MP
Rt Hon Sir Desmond Swayne MP
Alison Thewliss MP
Owen Thompson MP
Rt Hon Stephen Timms MP
Tom Tugendhat MP
Derek Twigg MP
Dr Philippa Whitford MP
Mohammad Yasin MP

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