AP DEMANDS SANCTIONS ON CHINA OVER HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS AGAINST UIGHURS


19/12/2020




Selin ATAY-TDO- The European Parliament (AP) has condemned the mistreatment and forced labor of Uighur Turks and other Muslims in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. The European Parliament has called on European Union countries to sanction officials held responsible.

The draft resolution on political groups "forced labor and the situation of Uighurs in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region" was adopted by MEPs of the European Parliament. The bill strongly condemned "the Chinese government's system of forced labor, especially the exploitation of Uighur, Kazakh, Kyrgyz and other Muslim minority groups in factories and closed camps in Xinjiang, the sending of forced labor to other parts of China, the fact that known European brands and companies benefit from forced labor."

MEPs in the European Parliament have asked the private sector to assess its relations with Xinjiang and conduct an audit to determine compliance with human rights in supply chains. Lawmakers have called for labor relations to be severed if inspections determine findings contrary to human rights. It also demanded that China allow the international observation group to conduct independent observations in the Xinjiang region.

The bill reiterated that the European Union adopted the "Global Human Rights sanctions regime" on December 7, which will impose sanctions on people, institutions and organizations that commit human rights violations, and included the following statements:

"The European Parliament, member states and EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and security policy, the Chinese company Xinjiang Production and construction officials and, as the Uighurs in Xinjiang and other state institutions responsible for the arrest of the Muslim Turks in the aggregate for the policy to impose sanctions of forced labour is calling for quick assessments."


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