Next Thursday’s Parliamentary Debate on Uyghur Genocide in Xinjiang

Nov 20, 2021 | Featured parliamentary activity

On Thursday November 25th the House of Lords will debate a Motion which draws attention to the Foreign Secretary’s Statement that a Genocide is taking place against Xinjiang’s Uyghur Muslims.

Peers will refer to important new Reports providing evidence of “The Architecture of Repression “ , the use of forced labour in Xinjiang’s cotton industry, and how the 1948 Convention on the Crime of Genocide is being breached by the Chinese Communist Party.

In September the House of Lords Select Committee on International Relations and Defence published its report on China, Trade and Security and said:

“There has also been strong political opposition to negotiating a free trade agreement with China, prompted by concerns about human rights abuses and allegations of genocide in Xinjiang.
Charles Parton told us that:
“Xinjiang and the genocide—and it is genocide under the UN convention’s description—have to be taken into account. This is not just about the sheer goodness and badness aspect but the reputation of companies of ours that are trading with those that are producing materials through forced labour and benefiting from what is going on in Xinjiang” …..”The House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee recently published a report on its inquiry into Xinjiang detention camps, entitled ‘never Again: The UK’s Responsibility to Act on Atrocities in Xinjiang and Beyond’. It concluded that the government “should respect the view of the House of Commons that crimes against humanity and genocide are taking place, and take a much stronger response”.

Lord David Alton

For 18 years David Alton was a Member of the House of Commons and today he is an Independent Crossbench Life Peer in the UK House of Lords.

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