British lawmakers call for sanctions over Uighur human rights abuses

Uyghurs demonstrate in Brussels on Oct 1, 2020. Photo: RFA

By Scilla Alecci
Oct 14, 2020

A group of British lawmakers has called for sanctions against Chinese officials responsible for human rights violations against the Uighur minority and for trade restrictions on goods made with forced Uighur labor.

In a debate held Monday at the House of Commons, the politicians referred to an increasing amount of evidence showing that members of the Muslim minority in the Chinese region of Xinjiang are being detained, subjected to political indoctrination and forced to work in factories under dire conditions.

“The suffering that the Uighur Muslims have undergone, and sadly continue to undergo, is nothing short of horrifying,” Member of Parliament Chris Evans said in a speech that kicked off the debate.

Read the full article at International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ)