Many thanks for your email and for making Siobhan aware of your concerns regarding the human rights situation in Xinjiang.
Siobhan is currently on maternity leave and while she is still working on as many local matters as possible herself, as her office, we are also continuing to raise and represent the views of her constituents.
Please note that Siobhan usually provides full and personalised responses to all campaign issues raised. During her maternity leave she has however asked us to provide you with Government information so you are not waiting for a response. We have investigated and please note the following:
Ministers share your concerns about the appalling human rights situation in Xinjiang and the Chinese Government's deepening crackdown on Uyghur Muslims, including the extra-judicial detention of over a million Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in “political re-education camps” and reports of birth rate suppression.
UK regularly raises human rights concerns with China, including on the treatment of religious and ethnic minorities. The Foreign Secretary spoke with his Chinese counterpart, Foreign Minister and State Councillor Wang Yi, on 8 June.
The Government is urging China to implement important UN recommendations to end the practice of extra-judicial detention of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities, and to allow UN observers unfettered access to the region.
The risk of the spread of Covid-19 in places of detention is a matter of concern in a number of countries around the world, including in China. The Government is aware of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom report on Covid-19 and will consider its findings.
If there is any specific action you would like us to take on this issue, please let us know. Also, if you would like to see Siobhan at a surgery appointment later in the year, or have a surgery appointment in the meantime with her office, we would be very happy to arrange this for you.
I hope you are keeping well. Our office is assisting constituents during the Covid 19 pandemic and if we can be of any assistance to you, please do let us know.