LONDON (Reuters) – Britain will on Monday call for the United Nations to be given “urgent and unfettered” access to Xinjiang to investigate reports of abuses in the Chinese region.
British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will also 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 and Russia and will raise concerns about Myanmar and Belarus, his office said.
On China, Raab will refer to reports of abuses in Xinjiang, including torture, forced labour and forced sterilisation of women. “They are taking place on an industrial scale,” he will say, according to his office.
“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,” he will say.
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