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Board of Deputies urges Government to take decisive action over the ‘dire situation’ of Chinese Uyghurs

February 18, 2020 - Board of Deputies - Share: Twitter Facebook

Board of Deputies Vice President Edwin Shuker has written to Rehman Chishti MP, the Government’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, urging the Government to take decisive action over the dire situation facing the Uyghur people in China.

This follows the latest reports of Uyghur Muslims being thrown into detention camps for having beards, wearing veils and using the internet.

Edwin wrote: “We would like to ask that the government use its position at the United Nations to raise these matters on the international stage, and with the Chinese government. Please let me know what steps the Government will be taking in response to our request, so that we can share your response with our Uyghur community partners.”

Last month, the Board of Deputies held two events to publicise the plight of the Uyghurs, attended by representatives of the World Uyghur Congress. See reports here and here.

You can read Edwin Shuker’s letter here.