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The Conservative Party Human Rights Commission began its inquiry into human rights in China 2016-2020 last week with a hearing in Parliament online.

The hearing on Monday 16 March, chaired by Fiona Bruce MP, included testimony from Uyghur singer and activist Rahima Mahmut, who is a representative of the World Uyghur Congress; a Uyghur refugee; Professor Dibyesh Abanand, Head of the School of Social Sciences at the University of Westminster; and former diplomat Charles Parton OBE, who is now Senior Associate Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI).

Regrettably, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the hearing could not proceed in person in Parliament as planned, but was held online.

The hearing, which lasted two and a half hours, received evidence of systematic violations of human rights against the Uyghurs, Kazakhs and others in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) and Tibet, as well as a discussion of why the Chinese Communist Party has intensified its crackdown on human rights throughout the country in recent years and what the international community, and the United Kingdom in particular, should do in response.

As a result of the Coronavirus pandemic all further planned hearings for the inquiry are postponed, but the Commission continues its inquiry through written submissions. The Commission welcomes any written submissions providing evidence in accordance with the criteria in our Call for Evidence, to be submitted to, any time by 18.00 GMT on Monday 1 June 2020.  Submissions are welcome from now on and early submissions ahead of the 1 June deadline are encouraged and appreciated.

Full details of the Call for Evidence:

Conservative Party Human Rights Commission launches inquiry into human rights in Myanmar/Burma

The Conservative Party Human Rights Commission today issued a Call...