China bans UK MPs after Uighur abuse sanctions – BBC News

hello and welcome we start with the growing diplomatic wrap between britain and china over china's treatment of its ethnic uiga minority days after britain joined several other nations in putting restrictions on china individual british mps and other organizations have been hit by sanctions from china while the row has arisen over allegations that beijing has forced a million ethnic uighurs into labor camps something which china denies xinjiang lies in the northwest of china the region is autonomous meaning it should have some powers of self-governance but in practice it fades major restrictions by the central government uighurs living in the region speak their own language and see themselves as culturally and ethnically close to central asian nations china has detained uyghurs at camps where allegations of torture forced labor and sexual abuse have emerged the british prime minister boris johnson has said mps and other british citizens sanctioned by china today are performing a vital role in shining a light on the gross human rights violations being perpetrated against uiga muslims china's acting ambassador to britain has said human rights in xinjiang cannot be defined by a few satellite images and it is also unfair to the 25 million people living in the region the human rights in xinjiang cannot be defined by a few satellite images fake reports call brought together by people thousands of miles away all the performance by anti-china actors or actresses this is unfair to 25 million people living in the region and also unfair to all the 1.4 billion chinese people well beijing's new anti-british sanctions apply to nine individuals and four organizations including illegal chambers here's conservative mp nusrat ghani who's one of the people that has just been sanctioned by china she told me how she found out about it i got a call quite early this morning from friends and family who had obviously seen it on the newswire i wasn't aware of it before then i was a little bit surprised to know that the uk government had put sanctions in place just on monday against chinese officials who are seen to be complicit in the abuse of the uyghur that's two million weaker people kept in prison camps as modern-day slaves so one would assume that maybe they were going to retaliate with sanctions against the executive for example ministers and officials but instead they've gone for backbench members of parliament who have just on the evidence that they have found and seen have spoken about the plight of the weaker do you know how this sanctions process is going to affect you i i i don't have any more detail i mean the sanction statement states that i can't visit hong kong or china and that my assets will be frozen apparently people um chinese people aren't allowed to work with me nor are companies that are chinese either i'm not sure how they're going to make that make that work considering my job as an mp means i work with lots of other people but regardless of whatever the sanction means to me it is nothing in comparison to the mass abuse of the weaker and if i have an opportunity just to mention one of the things i've spoken about quite a bit in parliament is the force sterilization of weaker women to the point where there's been an 84 drop in the uyghur women in in the birth rate that is a clear marker of genocide so this has just given me and my colleagues another opportunity to talk about the plight of the uyghur and the mass abuse taking place in xinjiang that there has been much international condemnation and concern raised about what is happening there including bbc reports we're seeing some images now uh highlighting this whole uh set of concerns i just wanted though in terms of your own uh you know personal work and your own family are you worried that that you're now going to face difficulty in in terms of who you deal with with commercial relationships that this could spiral upwards and put a lot of pressure on you my job as a member of parliament is to work with many different types of people i i'm not sure if what sort of impact it will have on me here in in the uk or the work of westminster i think what it does do is put out a sort of intimidation of members of parliament to try and take put them on depression not to talk about what's happening in xinjiang and i think that is the the big issue we need to deal with internationally how democracies deal with political interference when they want to undermine the work that's taken up by elected officials as a member of parliament it's my job to to to talk about human rights abuses around the world especially when they impact us via supply chain and when a select committee report like the one i set on the business select committee report produces a report based on the evidence and that can identify abuse taking place in xinjiang when the chinese government says that is a that is a a report made of lines it's also undermined the work of the select committee and therefore the house of commons itself um you're a conservative mp um the conservatives have been in government in this country for 10 years david cameron and george osborne when they were in charge were seen as cozying up to china have the conservatives got it wrong on china systematically now for several years because of course it is a global superpower and it's going to be difficult for a small group of mps in the uk to fight fight them unilaterally well first of all this isn't about us just a small group of mps there's a number of us parliamentarians working on this very issue in in the uk and the uk government itself is the one that's put sanctions in place um and uk members of parliament are working parliamentarians around the world the america american government has already declared a genocide against the uyghur uh by the hands of the chinese state so this isn't work that's just been done here in the uk this is less about um the conservative party but more about the state of the chinese government and the fact they've got a hard-line chinese government in place at the moment that has no truck with any of our values or international laws whatsoever and we must be absolutely grounded in how we respond to china when it tries to undermine our democracies here in the uk so do you think boris johnson the british prime minister should go further what further actions would you like to see the uk take now well the prime minister's put out a really stellar tweet this morning saying that he i'm just looking at the words again he will he stands firmly with colleagues who are talking out on human rights abuses it was a tweet enough well no but you know we've got meetings taking place throughout the day we've already had sanctions in place i would like those like to see those sanctions extended to more chinese officials who are complicit in the abuse in xinjiang i would also like to to see we could have our investment also considered if there are further investments into china to make sure it is in no way linked to the xinjiang region so we're not complicit in any abuse of the weaker what today has done apart from raise the profile of foreign interference into democracies and the work that mps do in parliament but also it's enabled us to speak once again of the plight of the week and if the chinese state thought they were closing that conversation down all they've done is opened it up to a bigger audience

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