One year but little action on Xinjiang report

Today marks one year since the significant report by the
United Nations Human Rights Office found human rights violations, including
possible crimes against humanity, have been committed against Uyghurs and other
ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region of the People’s Republic of China.

Disappointingly there has been little action from the Albanese Government in
response to this report. Despite repeated calls from the Uyghur community in
Australia and offers of bipartisanship from the Coalition, Labor has chosen not
to utilise the responses available to them.

The Albanese Government inaction stands in contrast to the
actions taken by the European Union, UK, US and Canada who have pursued those
responsible with targeted sanctions, including travel bans and asset freezes.

The Coalition, again, offers bipartisan support to the
Foreign Minister and Albanese Government to use the Magnitsky-style sanctions
at their disposal and send a strong message that Australia is serious about
these human rights violations.

We urge the Government to build upon the bipartisan
approach which delivered Australia’s Magnitsky-style sanctions, to act in a
manner more consistent with Minister Wong’s pre-election statements and to
accept the Coalition’s offer without further delay.

The Coalition strongly supports the OHCHR recommendations
calling for the prompt release of all individuals arbitrarily deprived of their
liberty and the urgent independent investigation of all allegations of human
rights abuses.

Since 2018 the Australian Government has consistently,
publicly and directly with the Chinese Government, raised grave concerns about
the reports of human rights abuses against ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslim
minorities in Xinjiang.

We also acknowledge the trauma of Uyghurs in Australia, who
hold fears for their loved ones in Xinjiang, and in some cases have faced
harassment and intimidation for sharing their stories publicly.

Coalition restates our support for the UN to be given unrestricted access to
Xinjiang to continue their independent investigation, and for those found to
have committed human rights abuses to be held accountable.

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