He adds: “The clear objective of the Chinese authorities is to eradicate Uyghur identity. Chinese state media said the goal was to “break their lineage, break their roots, break their ties and shatter their origins” … High-level documents from the Chinese government speak of “absolutely no mercy.” Parliamentarians, governments and lawyers have the responsibility to investigate. ”
Last month, Dominic Raab, the foreign minister, accused China of “gross and flagrant” human rights violations against its Uyghur population and said sanctions against those responsible could not be ruled out.
Speaking after Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to the UK, suggested that talk of concentration camps was “wrong,” Raab said the UK would work with its allies to take appropriate action.
“Reports on the human side of it – from forced sterilization to education camps – are reminiscent of something we haven’t seen in a very long time,” he told the BBC. “We want a positive relationship with China, but we cannot see behavior like this and not speak out against it.”
But, he added, the international community had to be “careful” before claiming that the treatment of Uyghurs met the legal definition of genocide.
Religious leaders say, “After the Holocaust, the world said ‘never again’. Today we repeat these words “Never again”, once again…. We are launching a simple appeal for justice, to investigate these crimes, to hold those responsible to account and to lead the way towards the restoration of human dignity.
Their statement comes after comparisons were made last month between the Holocaust and the atrocities against the Uyghurs in a letter from the chair of the Council of Deputies of British Jews, Marie van der Zyl, to the Chinese ambassador in Great -Brittany.
She noted “the similarities between what would happen in the People’s Republic of China today and what happened in Nazi Germany 75 years ago: people being forcibly put on trains; beards of religious men trimmed; women are sterilized; and the grim specter of concentration camps.
Former Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks tweeted: “As a Jew, knowing our history, the sight of people having their heads shaved, lined up, put on trains and sent to concentration camps is particularly heartbreaking. That people in the 21st century are being murdered, terrorized, victimized, intimidated and deprived of their freedoms because of the way they worship God is a moral scandal, a political scandal and a desecration of faith itself.
One million Uyghurs, who live mainly in northwest China’s Xinjiang Province, have been forced to join what China describes as “re-education camps.”
Former inmates have described the camps as de facto prisons carrying out mass brainwashing and obedience to the Communist Party. Evidence of physical and psychological torture, forced sterilization of women and other methods of population reduction has emerged.
China insists Uyghur militants are waging a violent campaign for an independent state by plotting civil unrest and sabotage.