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Lords debates Uyghur population in China

26 November 2021

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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

Members speaking included:

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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Watch and read the debate

Find out more about the issues discussed: catch up on Parliament TV or read the Lords Hansard transcript.

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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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