UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced new measures Tuesday designed to ensure that no British organisations profit from or contribute to human rights violations against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang, China, which he described as “barbarism.”
Speaking in the House of Commons on Tuesday, Raab told the House that the “scale and severity of the human rights violations being perpetrated in Xinjiang against Uighur Muslims is now far-reaching” with evidence of “internment camps, arbitrary detention, political reeducation, forced labour, torture and forced sterilisation, all on an industrial scale”.
Raab set out business measures to “ensure that British organisations, whether public or private sector, are not complicit in, nor profiting from, the human rights violations in Xinjiang.”
The measures include updating guidance for UK businesses setting out the specific risks faced by companies with links to Xinjiang and introducing financial penalties where businesses fail to publish annual modern slavery statements under the Modern Slavery Act .
China has denied all reports of human rights violations.