Liberal Democrat spokesperson on foreign affairs, Alistair Carmichael MP, has today called for the government to work internationally to respond to China’s actions against the Uighur minority. Recent reports have suggested that China is intentionally suppressing the birth rate of the Uighurs with the intent of destroying their distinct culture within China.
Speaking in the House, Mr Carmichael said:
“These reports would be horrific if they were standalone instances but we know that they are not, they are part of a course of conduct that we have seen in recent years – the re-education camps, the forced repatriation of workers in China, the reports of organ harvesting. As we have heard from others, this is a systematic operation reminiscent of genocide which is being visited on the Uighur population.
“In January of last year, a Westminster Hall debate that I led called for the government to take this to the Security Council with a motion demanding access for a working party to Xinjiang Province. We all know the obvious difficulties with that but everything else having failed, why has the government not done that yet?”
Responding for the government, Nigel Adams MP said:
“We are constantly raising this issue with the UN. He is right to raise organ harvesting, I know how concerned honourable members are with this alleged practice. We take these allegations very seriously, we have consulted international partners, the WHO and the evidence provides disturbing details about the treatment of Falun Gong practitioners in particulate and raises concerning questions about China’s transplant system.”
Reacting after the exchange, Mr Carmichael said:
“In the face of passivity from the US on Beijing’s human rights violations, the United Kingdom must step up and lead on building an international coalition to put pressure on China. Failure to act will only embolden China to become more repressive, risking the complete destruction of the Uighur people.”