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Labor calls for increased pressure on China on alleged mass detention of Uyghur Muslims

Labor calls for increased pressure on China on alleged mass detention of Uyghur Muslims

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September 13, 2018 13:53:32

The Labor party has called on the government of Morrison to increase the pressure on China on the reported mass detention of Uyghur Muslims.

Most important points:

  • It is claimed that the Chinese government is trying to "cleanse" the Uyghur people and let them swear the loyalty of China to the president.
  • Penny Wong from Labor said the government should use its position from the UN Human Rights Council to exert pressure
  • The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade indicates that it is concerned about Beijing

The remarks came when the US Republicans called on the Trump government to extend the sanctions against China with entities involved in the situation in the autonomous region of Xinjiang Uighur.

The global human rights community has expressed its serious concern about the existence of "re-education camps" in the west-western province of Xinjiang in China.

In her first comments to the media on the issue earlier this week, Foreign Secretary Marise Payne said the government had expressed concern with China about the situation in Xinjiang.

The statement reiterated previous remarks from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) under the former Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.

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