Alistair Carmichael, MP for Orkney and Shetland, has today called on the Foreign Secretary to support Turkey’s stance on the Chinese Human Rights abuses in Xinjiang.
Mr Carmichael responded to comments made by the Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy, that it is for the international community “to take effective steps to end the human tragedy in Xinjiang region."
Commenting, Mr. Carmichael said:
"Turkey is right to stand up to the barbaric practices China is using to oppress the Uyghur people of Xinjiang. The Foreign Secretary must support them, and use our position as permanent members of the Security Council and prominent defenders of human rights to support Turkey’s calls, and deliver meaningful action.
"Many nations have been scared into refusing to engage with this crisis because of Chinese economic pressure, so it is quite brave of Turkey to stand up and do the right thing. The UK must not silently acquiesce to these rampant human rights abuses either."
The text of Mr. Carmichael’s letter to the Foreign Secretary is below: for your reference.
The Rt. Hon. Jeremy Hunt MP
Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
King Charles Street
Our Ref: MW/AC
10 February 2019
Further to my letter of 26 October, I write regarding the abuse of Uyghur Muslims in the Chinese province of Xinjiang.
You are no doubt aware that over the weekend, the Government of Turkey called for action to end the “great embarrassment for humanity” that is the mass detention of the Uyghur people. The Turkish Government are right to express concerns at the way in which the Uyghur minority are treated, and I know it is a view shared by the Foreign Office, as expressed by Mark Fields at my debate no the issue on 29 January.
I write to ask what steps will the UK be taking to support Turkey’s calls for more action from the UN. As a permeant member of the security council, will the UK take a leadership role in pushing for the UN to adopt effective steps to end the current situation in Xinjiang?
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Full comment from Hami Aksoy:
“The systematic assimilation policy of Chinese authorities towards Uighur Turks is a great embarrassment for humanity. We’ve learned with great sorrow that dignified poet Abdurehim Heyit, who was sentenced to eight years in prison for his compositions, died in the second year of his imprisonment. This tragic incident has further strengthened the Turkish public’s reaction to the serious human rights violations in Xinjiang region. It is no longer a secret that more than one million Uighur Turks – who are exposed to arbitrary arrests – are subjected to torture and political brainwashing in concentration centres and prisons. Uighurs who are not detained in the camps are also under great pressure,”