(LONDON) #Uighurs Report: Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has accused China of “gross and egregious” human rights abuses against its Uighur population and said sanctions against those responsible cannot be ruled out and he will update parliament on Monday he told BBCs Andrew Marr on Sunday #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.19: Reports of forced sterilisation and wider persecution of the Muslim group were “reminiscent of something not seen for a long time”, he told the BBC: The UK would work with its allies to take appropriate action, he insisted:

Dominic Rabb on BBC Andrew Marr On Sunday accuses China of ‘gross’ human rights abuses against Uighurs and he would not rule out sanctions

China’s UK ambassador said talk of concentration camps was “fake” Liu Xiaoming told the BBC’s Andrew Marr that the Uighurs received the same treatment under the law as other ethnic groups in his country: It is believed there are about one million Uighur people and other mostly-Muslim minorities detained in China, in what the state defines as “re-education” camps: China previously denied the existence of the camps, before defending them as a necessary measure against terrorism, following separatist violence in the Xinjiang region: The authorities have recently been accused of forcing women to be sterilised or fitted with contraceptive devices in an apparent attempt to limit the population, prompting calls for the UN to investigate.

Asked whether the treatment of the Uighurs met the legal definition of genocide, Mr Raab said the international community had to be “careful” before making such claims: But he said: “Whatever the legal label, it is clear that gross, egregious human rights abuses are going on:

“It is deeply, deeply troubling and the reports on the human aspect of this – from forced sterilisation to the education camps – are reminiscent of something we have not seen for a very long time………..”We want a positive relationship with China but we can’t see behaviour like that and not call it out.”

There are growing calls for the UK to impose sanctions, such as asset freezes and travel bans, on Chinese officials responsible for the persecution of the Uighurs: The UK recently took action against senior generals in Myanmar who orchestrated the campaign of violence against the Rohingya and against North Korean bodies behind forced labour camps.

Mr Raab said this showed that the UK was prepared to take action unilaterally, as well as through bodies like the UN, but it was “not as simple as deciding you can willy nilly sanction X or Y” “You have to, as we have done with the Rohingya and North Korea, build up an evidence base and that takes a long time to do because you have got to identify accurately and responsibly those involved.”

Conservative MPs are also pressing for action against senior officials in the Hong Kong government following the imposition of a new security law which the UK says violates international agreements: The foreign secretary is due to update Parliament on Monday on the UK’s response, amid speculation it will scrap the UK’s existing extradition treaty with the former British colony:

Speaking on The Andrew Marr Show, the Chinese ambassador said if the UK – which has also offered residency rights to three million Hong Kongers eligible for British passports – targeted Chinese officials, his country could retaliate: He dismissed claims of “ethnic cleansing” of the Uighurs as baseless: He said figures suggesting population growth in Uighur areas had fallen by 84% between 2015 and 2018 were “not correct”, claiming the number of Uighurs in the whole of Xinjiang had “doubled” over the past four decades.

Shown drone footage that appears to show Uighurs being blindfolded and led to trains, he said he “did not know” what the video was showing and there were “all kinds of fake accusations” against China: “There is no so-called pervasive, massive forced sterilisation among Uighur people in China,” he added. “Government policy is strongly opposed to this kind of practice.”While he “cannot rule out single cases” of sterilisation, he insisted “we treat every ethnic group as equal” and “there is no such concentration camps in Xinjiang”

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: July.19: 2020:

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