Block China on Human Rights Council seat urges the shadow foreign secretary of Britain, Lisa Nandy.
The Britain government looks confused about the relationship with Beijing at a time when the West is increasingly getting impatient with China. She said Britain must block the seat of China until Beijing allows independent investigation of the UN into the treatment of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang.
In a letter to Dominic Raab, the foreign secretary, Nandy mentioned that the contribution of the candidates must be referred to when voting for the human rights council.
“Labour is calling on the government to oppose China’s election to the UN human rights council … until such time as access is granted – and make clear to the world the reasons for doing so. In the current circumstances, China cannot be regarded as meeting the required standards.”
She asserted the crime against the Uyghurs is a crime against humanity and shares the features of genocide. Lisa insisted that the silence on this matter would be seen as complicity by many and Britain must not remain silent.
This comes after Raab suggested that Britain could boycott Winter Olympics 2022 in Beijing if the evidence mounts against China for the ill-treatment of the Uyghurs.
However, Nandy said that these actions are inadequate especially when the evidence of mass detention, forced sterilization, and slave labor is coming up. She told Observer,
“The UK government must step up and lead international action to provide the UN with immediate, unfettered access to Xinjiang.”
She continued that the Government must show that there are consequences by taking a public and active stance against China during the election of the Human Rights Council next week.
Criticizing the government, she called out the confused strategy of Britain. Nandy mentioned that criticism of the diplomats on the one side and handing out the nuclear energy sector to China on the other, reported the Guardian.
The Human Rights Watch and the Chinese Human Rights Defender have called to block China on the Human Rights Council seat. The UK has already backed a call for an independent investigation called by 39 countries laid by Germany.
Watch this to know how China is carrying out systematic human right violation in Xinjiang.