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Britain announces commercial action in response to the violations against Uighur Muslims

Britain announces commercial action in response to the violations against Uighur Muslims

These new measures are intended to send a clear signal to China

British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced a set of measures aimed at ensuring that British institutions, whether public or private, are not involved in or benefit from human rights violations against Uyghur Muslims and other minorities in Zhenjiang.

Britain announces commercial action in response to the violations against Uighur Muslims

Evidence of grave human rights violations, including unlawful detention and forced labor, is mounting, which also appears in government documents of the Chinese government itself.

The British government has repeatedly called on China to stop these practices, and to abide by its national laws and international obligations.

These new measures aim to send a clear signal to China that these violations are unacceptable.

The British government will conduct a review of British products that can be exported to Zhenjiang, and impose financial penalties on enterprises that do not comply with the modern anti-slavery law.

Other measures include increasing support for UK public agencies to exclude companies complicit in human rights violations from their supply chains.

Together, these measures would help British institutions ensure that they are not implicated in the abuse of Uyghur Muslims in Zhenjiang, and that it is inevitable to agree on a coordinated international effort to address the potential for forced labor products to enter global supply chains, and the UK is coordinating closely with its partners on this. The issue, Canada issued a similar declaration explaining its measures to help ensure that Canadian companies are not involved in forced labor in Zhenjiang.

Foreign Minister Dominic Raab said: “The overwhelming evidence of the scale and severity of human rights violations being committed in Zhenjiang against Uyghur Muslims has become fully known. Therefore, today we announce a set of new measures to send a clear message that these human rights violations are unacceptable, and to protect companies and organizations. The public in the United Kingdom is involved in or associated with it ».

He stressed that this set of measures would help ensure that British institutions, whether from the public or private sector, do not contribute to human rights violations against Uighurs or other minorities in Zhenjiang or benefit from them, whether with prior knowledge or without knowledge.

"Britain will always defend those who suffer from horrific human rights violations, and today we announce measures to help protect minorities in Zhenjiang," said Home Secretary Priti Patel.

She added, it is imperative that companies and government agencies be more vigilant than ever before to ensure that products of forced labor are not inadvertently and unknowingly allowed to enter their supply chains.

"These new measures show that we will not turn a blind eye and will not tolerate complicity in the human rights violations committed in Zhenjiang," said Minister of International Trade, Lise Tras.

She emphasized that forced labor, anywhere in the world is unacceptable, and our government intends to work with companies to support responsible practices, and to ensure that British consumers do not unknowingly buy products that perpetuate the cruelty we witness against Uighurs and other minorities in Zhenjiang.

Specifically, measures include the following:

Reviewing the export controls that apply to exports to Zhenjiang to ensure that the government is doing everything in its power to prevent the export of goods that may contribute to human rights violations in that region, and this review will determine the type of additional specific products that will be subject to export controls in the future.

Imposing financial penalties on institutions that do not fulfill their legal obligations to publish annual data related to modern slavery, under the modern anti-slavery law.

- New, robust and detailed directives for British companies clarifying the specific consequences faced by companies with ties to Zhenjiang, and highlighting the challenges of conducting due diligence effectively there.

The government will provide guidance and support to all public bodies in the UK to implement public procurement rules to exclude suppliers who have sufficient evidence of human rights violations in their product supply chains. Compliance with this will be mandatory for central government, non-governmental bodies and implementing agencies.

A campaign led by a minister to communicate with British companies to confirm the necessity of their commitment to taking measures to confront this possibility.

The United Kingdom, working with partners including Canada, has spearheaded international action to hold China accountable for its actions in Zhenjiang, supported research that helped lay the basis for evidence for action, and urged British companies to conduct due diligence to ensure that their supply chains are free from Products of forced labor.

The United Kingdom had a leadership role in issuing joint international statements on Zhenjiang in the Third Committee of the United Nations General Assembly and at the United Nations Human Rights Council, including the presentation of the latest statement endorsed by 39 countries, jointly with Germany, in October of last year.

The United Kingdom was also the first country to require companies to report, under the law, modern slavery in their supply chains, and Canada and the UK approach would help defend Uighur rights.

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