The UK authorities on Tuesday introduced sanctions on sourcing from Chinese companies in retaliation of the “harrowing” human rights violations being perpetrated within the Xinjiang province of the nation towards the Uyghur Muslim minority.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab mentioned in a House of Commons assertion that the United Nations (UN) needs to be allowed entry to the area to evaluation the experiences of abuse and in the meantime Britain plans to extend diplomatic stress on China to cease and to treatment its actions.
“Xinjiang’s position in the international supply chain network means that there is a real risk of businesses and public bodies around the world – whether it’s inadvertently or otherwise – sourcing from suppliers which are complicit in the use of forced labour,” Raab mentioned.
“We must take action, to make sure that UK businesses are not part of the supply chains that lead to the gates of the internment camps in Xinjiang.”
“And to be sure that the merchandise of the human rights violations that happen in these camps don’t find yourself on the cabinets of supermarkets that we store in right here at residence, week in week out. We have already engaged with companies with links to Xinjiang, we’ve inspired them to conduct acceptable due diligence,” he mentioned.
As a part of the crackdown, the minister mentioned his personal Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) division and the Department of International Trade (DIT) have issued new, “robust and detailed guidance” to UK companies on the precise dangers confronted by firms with links to Xinjiang and underlining the challenges of conducting efficient due diligence there.
It contains strengthening the UK’s Modern Slavery Act, with the Home Office set to introduce fines for companies that don’t adjust to their transparency obligations.
“The government will conduct an urgent review of export controls as they apply specifically geographically to the situation in Xinjiang, to make sure that we are doing everything that we can to prevent the export of any goods that could directly or indirectly contribute to human rights violations in that region,” Raab added.
The minister censured China over its “point-blank” refusal to permit entry to Xinjiang required to confirm the reality of the matter as he condemned the “truly horrific” experiences of rights violations emanating from the nation.
“China cannot simply refuse all access to those trusted third party bodies who could verify the facts, and at the same time, maintain a position of credible denial,” he famous. China denies allegations of human rights violations in its Xinjiang province.