The United Kingdom concerned over human rights violation in China wants it to give UN unrestrained access

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The United Kingdom at the United Nations Human Rights Council on Friday asked China to give “unfettered access” to the UN. This move came after various concentration camps regarding Uyghur Muslims went online. The reality of the camps is ultra gruesome and the United Kingdom became the country to actually voice the concern. Many videos have surfaced the internet in which Chinese Muslims are pleading the people of the outside world to see into the situation. You can see an example below shared via the British Broadcasting Company (BBC).

The unfettered access will give the UN account of the reality inside China

At the UN Human Rights Council on Friday, September 25, 2020, Minister of State for South Asia and the Commonwealth, Tariq Mahmood Ahmad voiced his concern. The statement came after Xinjiang and Hong Kong’s statement at the 44th session of the UN Human Rights Council. He said, “China should uphold the rights and freedoms in the Joint Declaration, should respect the independence of the Hong Kong judiciary and allow unfettered access to Xinjiang. China should release all those arbitrarily detained.”

Ahmad presented his argument based on documented evidence just like the above-attested video. Furthermore, he said, “There is compelling evidence including from the Chinese authorities’ own documents.”

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His statement said that China has detained approximately “1.8 million people” without any trial. Consequently, this violates the human right to freedom and voice. The forced birth control and forced labor also extend the exploitation of humans context.

The United Kingdom wants UN to have unfettered access in China
Tariq Mahmood Ahmad

His explanation on the behalf of the United Kingdom

He said that China strongly breaches the legal Sino-British Joint Declaration. This declaration places Hong Kong under Chinese sovereignty. Moreover, the countries signed the treaty almost thirty-six years ago. Hence, the United Kingdom is liable to question China on its human rights violation activities. The question of using Hong Kong as a place to punish others is not relevant and the UK wants the same countered. Hence, it wants the United Nations to send its appropriate officials to take account of the happenings.

In addition, he added, “We remain seriously concerned about the pressure on media freedom, as well. Culture and religion are severely restricted and we have seen credible reports of forced labor and forced birth control. Also, the National Security Law is being implemented with the apparent intention to eliminate dissent.”

Hence, Ahmad has a rightful opinion that outside bodies can prosecute certain cases in China which threatened to hamper the sacred rights to the humans forever.

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