Yesterday, the Foreign Secretary condemned China’s treatment of China’s Uyghur community and set out new measures to prevent UK companies benefitting from forced labour in China’s Xinjiang province in their supply chains.
- The Home Office is to introduce fines for non-compliance with transparency obligations.
- Transparency requirements are to be extended to the public sector.
- An urgent review of export controls regarding XinJiang.
- Ministers are to work with businesses to removed XinJiang from the supply chain.
Rutland and Melton MP, Alicia Kearns, said:
"Whilst these new measures send a clear message that these violations of human rights are unacceptable and will help safeguard UK businesses and public bodies from any involvement or linkage with them, we still need Magnitsky-style sanctions to make clear to the Chinese Communist Party that their acts have consequences for the bank accounts and freedoms of those orchestrating and profiting from genocide.
"I will continue my work to ensure those responsible for these appalling acts bear their personal responsibility through targeted individual measures.