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February 22, 2021

Britain Urges Access To Xinjiang

 Britain will urge the United Nations (UN) to grant access to China's Xinjiang province to investigate reports of human rights violations there.

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab will present reports on abuse in Xinjiang, including torture, forced labor and forced female sterilization.

"All the acts are made on a large scale.

"The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights or other independent fact-finding expert, must and I repeat must give immediate and unrestricted access to Xinjiang," according to Raab.

China has been widely criticized for building a complex in Xinjiang that Beijing claims to be a 'vocational training center' to combat terrorist group activities and provide new skills training.

Chinese critics, however, described the complex as a detention camp.

According to the United Nations, about one million ethnic Uighur Muslims and several other ethnic Muslims were detained in Xinjiang.

Apart from the issue in Xinjiang, Raab also raised the issue of improper treatment of Russian critic Alexei Navalny as well as the crisis in Myanmar and the situation in Belarus.

He will suggest appropriate measures to address all these issues including imposing sanctions and encouraging other member states to agree with his recommendations.