China blocks access to imprisoned Australians

Via The Guardian:

Australia remains “deeply concerned” about China’s treatment of the Uighur people, including use of forced labour, the foreign affairs minister Marise Payne has said.

On Monday Payne revealed that China had blocked Australia’s attempts to offer consular assistance to dual citizens and their families, and rejected China’s claims that concerned nations had rebuffed an offer to visit Xinjiangprovince.

Payne made the remarks to Radio National ahead of an ABC Four Corners investigation on treatment of Uighurs, which has prompted Cotton On and Target Australia to commit to investigate their supply chains because they reportedly source cotton from Xinjiang.

Asked about the detention of more than a million Uighurs, Payne said Australia was “deeply concerned about the human rights situation in Xinjiang, including the use of detention facilities”.

“Those concerns have been raised with China regularly including by me directly in my visit last year.

“A letter was signed to the president of the Human Rights Council and the UN high commissioner for human rights a week or so ago – we were one of 22 signatories to that letter – and I think what that reflects is an increasing international focus on the developments in Xinjiang.”

Our great and powerful “friend”.

David Llewellyn-Smith
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  1. Anyone in prison in China is 99.9% guaranteed to be a criminal. Have you ever seen anyone acquitted??

    No sympathy for criminals.

  2. The disturbing thing about this is that most Han Chinese that I’ve talked too wrt to the Uighur are 100% behind their governments action.
    For me there’s way to close a parallel to the German Interment of minority groups that occurred pre WW2 “Arbeit macht frei ” we all know where that path leads us.
    As I said, most regular eastern Chinese seem to be in favor of this action, they see a problem (in their country) that needs to be addressed and a government that is taking direct action. They don’t want to make the same silly mistakes that the US and USSR have made in neighboring Afghanistan where disunity is seen as the primary issue.

  3. Ronin8317MEMBER

    The article is a bit inaccurate as there is no such thing as ‘dual citizenship’ under Chinese law.

    Basically any empathy the non-Muslim Chinese have for the Uyghur disappeared after the 2014 Kumming train attack. The security measure is not only directed at Uyghur either : even Han Chinese has to undergo the same security check points, body search, installing GPS trackers in cars, no taking of photos, etc. That why Xinjiang faced a million Han Chinese exodus since the security measure has been implemented, non-Uyghur can also be arrested and detained by the security forces arbitrarily.

    Apparently the one way for an Uyghur family can escape the ‘concentration camp’ is for a daughter to marry a Han Chinese husband, and it comes with a government paid ‘inter-marriage’ bonus as well. Even with that, the inter-marriage rate between Uyghur and Han Chinese is about 1%, which is really abysmal. Part of it is due to Muslim being forbidden to marry non-believers, and part of it is the Han Chinese tends to be very, very insular.

    Don’t see any solutions : the number of Han Chinese living in the region means ‘independence’ will become a brutal ethnic cleansing operation. however ‘living together’ under an open-air prison won’t make the Uyghur feel part of ‘China’ in a thousand years.

  4. We should start calling the “province” Uighurstan, just to wind the Chinese up.