London/Beijing: Saying that it is the duty of the United Kingdom to retaliate against the infuriating oppression of the Uyghur community by the Chinese communist regime, British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab announced that the British companies that are keeping relations with Chinese companies in Xinjiang province would face stringent actions. Only two days ago, the Human Rights Commission of the British ruling party presented an aggressive report denouncing the violation of human rights in China. After that, the British government has indicated an aggressive stand against China, announcing the action. Since the last few years, China has been showering atrocities on the Islamic Uyghur community, and the international community is beginning to take serious cognisance of the Chinese actions. One of the United Nations’ reports, published in 2018, made a shocking revelation that China has dumped nearly 1.1 million Uyghur people in torture camps. After this report, the western countries started targeting China over the Uyghur population, and the United States and European countries took the lead in the matter.
The United Kingdom amended its Modern Slavery Act and included provisions for Uyghur people in the act. Foreign Minister Raab, while giving information regarding this, issued the ultimatum to the British companies. The British companies will have to declare that no companies are using the Uyghur people as forced labour in their supply chain. They will also have to give information about what action has been taken against the companies if they are falling under this category. The companies not complying with this will be fined heavily.
The government contracts will be awarded only to those British companies that have no ties with companies in Xinjiang province. Foreign Minister Raab said that if British companies’ products are being used against Uyghur people in the camps, sanctions will be imposed on the export of such products. The British Foreign Minister also warned, ‘This action has been announced to ensure that the British companies have no ties with the Uyghur torture camps in Xinjiang province. Care will also be taken to ensure that the products made in these camps, blatantly violating human rights, will not be available in the British markets.’
At this time, Raab strongly criticised the atrocities showered on the Uyghur people by the Chinese regime. Raab lashed out at China in piercing words, ‘Dangerous things like torture camps, arbitrary imprisonment, the imposition of political ideology, forced labour and forced vasectomy are commonplace. It was believed that the era of barbarism was over. But a leading country in the world is carrying out such barbaric acts.’ He also forwarded an insistent demand that the United Nations has to be granted access to investigate the trampling of human rights in Xinjiang.