SENATOR THE HON PENNY WONG

LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION IN THE SENATE

SHADOW MINISTER FOR FOREIGN AFFAIRS

LABOR SENATOR FOR SOUTH AUSTRALIA

MEDIA RELEASE

12 September 2018

CHINA’S XINJIANG UIGHUR AUTONOMOUS REGION

Labor is deeply concerned by continuing reports of the mass detention of China’s minority Uighur population and other violations of human rights, including those outlined by members of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in Geneva earlier this month.

Labor is particularly concerned about reports of Australian residents feeling intimidated and unable to contact their family members.

Labor welcomes the Foreign Minister’s confirmation the Australian Government has raised concerns with Beijing about the situation in China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

It is important that the Uighur community in Australia do not feel pressured or intimidated by events in China and we welcome the Minister’s assurance Australian officials have raised the issue of Uighur Australians with their counterparts in Beijing.

As well as continuing to press our concerns through bilateral mechanisms, Labor calls on the Government to use Australia’s membership on the UN Human Rights Council, in coordination with other members, to continue to pursue this issue with the Chinese Government.

Authorised by Noah Carroll, ALP, Canberra.