FOLLOWING Brexit the United Kingdom plans to crackdown on Human Rights abuses in countries such as China, it has been claimed.
At a debate in the House of Lords, last Thursday Foreign Office Minister Tariq Ahmad was asked by Lord Alton about a sanctions regime: “We have passed legislation on this and we are seeking to bring forward the Statutory Instruments.” He hinted that once Brexit has taken place the UK will have their own Human Rights legislation and not EU laws.
He added: “That will provide the UK with an autonomous global human rights sanctions regime; after we have left the EU and will also allow us to respond to the serious human rights violations.”
The Human Rights offences include imprisoning Christians, Uyghur Muslim and Falun Gong with other ethnic minorities said Lord Alton of Liverpool: “The eyes of the world must stay trained on Hong Kong.”
There are notorious internment camps in Xinjiang province, where one million Uyghur Muslims are imprisoned. China says their ‘vocational education’ programme will avert Terrorism. Other evidence has shown that DNA sampling takes place with forced human organ harvesting.
Sir Geoffrey Nice Q.C concluded that there is “incontrovertible evidence” that this takes place. Wealthy Chinese and others fly in and even book in advance their order!
Official statistics from China don’t match up with 4,080 voluntary donors and over 10,500 transplants took place in 2016. Q.C Nice added: “We never get told the truth with prisoners disappearing without trace.” Derived figures have estimated that 60,000 transplants could have taken place.
“The Minister has the names of Chinese officials involved in this,” said Lord Alton: “Perhaps he will tell the House whether Magnitsky powers will be used to pursue those culpable?” The Magnitsky Act would sanction foreign government officials implicated in human rights abuses anywhere in the world.
The US has already put in place sanctions on 28 Chinese public security bureaus and companies. They passed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act in September.
Behind the scenes the government has met with international delegates at the G7 in August, The Human Rights Council and the UN General Assembly in September. The Prime Minister Boris Johnson has written to President Xi Jinping and Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has met with Chief Executive of Hong Kong Carrie Lam.
In 2016 Lord Patten, who was then the Governor of Hong Kong, made an address to 700 students at Hong Kong University, where a student pleaded with him: “What if the Chinese government continues to squeeze us? What will the rest of the world do? What will Britain do? What will the US do? What will you do personally? It’s a very good question.”