Lords debates Uyghur population in China
26 November 2021
The House of Lords debated reported remarks by the Foreign Secretary that a genocide is underway against the Uyghur population in Xinjiang, China, on Thursday 25 November.
Lord Alton of Liverpool (Crossbench), a campaigner against human rights abuses around the world, including Tigray, Hong Kong, Xinjiang and North Korea, put forward the debate.
This was a general debate. During debates, members put their experience to good use to discuss current issues and draw the government's attention to concerns.
Members speaking included:
- Lord Anderson of Ipswich (Crossbench), barrister and QC
- Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws (Labour), human rights barrister and QC
- Lord Shinkwin (Conservative), Equality and Human Rights Commission Commissioner
- Baroness Smith of Newnham (Liberal Democrat), university lecturer and teaching fellow in Politics.
Lord Ahmad of Wimbledon (Conservative), Minister for South Asia, the United Nations and the Commonwealth, responded on behalf of the government.
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Listen to the House of Lords Podcast episode where Lord Alton of Liverpool talks about his work campaigning against human rights abuses around the world, including Xinjiang, and why he proposed changes to the Trade Bill to prevent trade with countries accused of genocide.
Find out more about the issues the debate covers in the Lords Library briefing.
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