mandag 22. mars 2021

Uighurs: Western countries sanction China over rights abuses

Several Western countries have announced sanctions against officials in China over rights abuses against the mostly Muslim Uighur minority group. China has detained Uighurs at camps in the north-west region of Xinjiang and faces accusations of torture, forced labour and sexual abuse.

The sanctions were announced as part of a coordinated effort by the European Union, UK, Canada and the US. China responded with its own sanctions against European officials. The Chinese government has denied the allegations of abuse, claiming the camps in Xinjiang are "re-education" facilities being used to combat terrorism. But UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the abuse of the Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang was "one of the worst human rights crises of our time" and the international community "cannot simply look the other way".