Australia must keep human rights at the centre of its relationship reset with China, the Uyghur community says, as pressure mounts over the forced detentions.
Uyghurs urge sanctions from Australia
Tortured Uyghurs are urging the federal government to place human rights at the forefront of negotiations with China, with fears atrocities being committed will be pushed to the side as the relationship with Beijing resets.
Australia’s Uyghur community and survivors of China’s detention camps in Xinjiang, were at Parliament House in Canberra on Thursday, calling on the government to recognise human rights abuses as genocide, and to ban Chinese products “tainted” by slave labour.
The group, alongside Amnesty International, requested a meeting with Foreign Minister Penny Wong but were unable to secure one due to time constraints.
Australian Uyghur Tangritagh Women’s Association President Ramila Chanisheff described Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s meeting with Chinese President Xi Jingping as weak, saying human rights needed to be front and centre of discussions.