On Monday, Britain is set to call on the United Nations to ask China to give “urgent and unfettered” access to Xinjiang to investigate reports of abuses in the Chinese region.
The development is also set to mark Britain’s return to the U.N. Human Rights Council as a voting member by condemning the rights record of fellow council members China, Myanmar and Russia, said his office.
With regard to China, Raab will refer to reports of abuses in Xinjiang, including forced sterilisation of women, torture, forced labour, among other major abuses.
“They are taking place on an industrial scale,” he is scheduled to say, said his office while adding, “The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, or another independent fact-finding expert, must – and I repeat must – be given urgent and unfettered access to Xinjiang”.
Although there has been wide condemnation of China’s horrific concentration camps in Xinjiang which Beijing describes as “vocational training centres” so far there has not been a call to action to close them down. There have also not been any international delegation visits to the sites.
The United Nations has held that there are at least 1 million Uighurs and others who have been detained at these modern concentration camps in Xinjiang.