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Universal Periodic Review 31: China

The UK welcomed recent progress on human rights in China, however raised concerns over increased restrictions to political and civil rights.

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Thank you Mr President,

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;

3) Ratify the ICCPR.

Thank you Mr President.

Published 6 November 2018