The UK welcomes progress on economic rights and reductions to death penalty offences. However, political and civil rights have deteriorated; including increased restrictions on the freedoms of assembly, association, expression and religion or belief.
We are very concerned about treatment of ethnic minorities – including Uyghurs and Tibetans. And we urge China to respect the rights and freedoms guaranteed by the Sino-British Joint Declaration in Hong Kong.
We recommend that China:
1) Ratify the ILO’s Forced Labour Convention and its 2014 Protocol;
2) Implement CERD recommendations on Xinjiang and allow the UN to monitor implementation;