The report was compiled by MPs on the Foreign Affairs Committee and focuses mainly on China’s treatment of its Uyghur Muslim population in the country’s Xinjiang province. Human rights campaigners allege rape and forced sterilisations are being used as part of a campaign to control the population in north-west internment camps The US has even gone as far as to describe China’s actions against its Muslim population as a “genocide”.
The report’s authors argued that the Cabinet should impose fines on any UK company knowingly doing business with Chinese companies connected to human rights abuses.
They also urged Downing Street to actively dissuade British firms from sponsoring the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, as well as from advertising at the Games.
Tom Tugendhat, Conservative chair of the Committee, told Politico taking no action is not an option.
“If we choose not to, we’re nesting the dragon deeper and deeper into our national life,” he said.
The Tory MP added that the British public expected its political leaders to stand up for the “defence of the rule of law” and “fair competition in trade.”
China has become one of Britain’s most important trading partners in recent years.
Conservative MP Alicia Kearns said the Government should target cotton because there is “absolute clarity” that it is produced through forced Uyghur labour.
A Foreign Office spokesperson said the Cabinet will “carefully consider the findings of this report.”
They added that Britain has already “announced measures to help ensure no U.K. organisations are complicit in these violations through their supply chains.”