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DUP East Londonderry MP Gregory Campbell has tabled a motion in the House of Commons drawing attention to the human rights abuses by the Chinese government and urging the US President Elect Joe Biden to coordinate an international response.

Mr Campbell said,

“The treatment of protestors in Hong Kong by the Chinese authorities is deeply disturbing and worrying for anyone who values free and fair democracies. When these anti-democratic actions are considered in the context of the enforced detention of the Muslim Uighur community, it cries out for a reaction from Governments across the globe. The recent arrest of a US citizen in Hong Kong makes it all the more relevant that the incoming US President is seen to act.

The President Elect has a sizeable in-tray on his domestic front but as the leader of the free world, he must also step up and challenge the Chinese government’s flagrant abuse of human rights. He, and others were very critical of the previous US administration regarding it's attitude to minority rights so we wait to see how President Biden performs on this front. Those being suppressed and persecuted depend on democracies like the United States and United Kingdom to challenge these actions with more than words.”



Note - The motion text is

"That this House notes US President-elect Joe Biden is due to be inaugurated on 20 January 2021; further notes ongoing actions of the Chinese authorities which have included the arrest of scores of democracy protestors in Hong Kong, including US citizen John Clancey a human rights lawyer, the enforced detention and brain washing of hundreds of thousands of the minority Muslim Uighur community in China as well as numerous other well documented human rights abuses; and looks forward to the new US President as the leader of the free world spelling out how he plans to co-ordinate an international response to these totally unacceptable activities."