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Cameron must deliver on promise of human rights advocacy with China PDF Print E-mail
[PRESS RELEASE 29 November 2013] Human rights activists in the UK are calling on David Cameron to stand by his governments stated policy of advocating human rights [1] when he meets Chinese President Xi Jinping next week in China.

David CameronChinese Uyghur Tibetan Solidarity UK, a coalition of UK-based human rights organisations, has written to the British Prime Minister prior to his State Visit next week [2]. The coalition is calling on Cameron to:

1. Raise human rights directly with Chinese President Xi Jinping and other senior Chinese ministers,
2. Engage with civil society by meeting human rights defenders,
3. Make a public statement calling on the Chinese government to commit to substantive progress on human and civil rights for all its citizens including ethnic minorities.

David Cameron talks about his visit to China bringing real rewards for our peoples [3], but at what cost and who will actually benefit? Real rewards for those living under Chinese Communist Party rule would be to see an improvement in their human and civil rights, said Philippa Carrick, CEO of Tibet Society. The British government has put human rights at the core of its foreign policy and is the first country to set out guidelines for integrating human rights into business [4]. This visit gives David Cameron a real opportunity to stand up for his own governments policy.

Ms Carrick added, David Cameron must not shy away from raising human rights issues in China, including the continued use of the death penalty, implementation of the rule of law and lack of minority rights. Indeed, it is in Chinas interest that he is frank and open as respect for basic human rights is integral in building a happy and harmonious society and is integral to a healthy trading relationship.

Specifically, Chinese Uyghur Tibetan Solidarity UK is calling on David Cameron to urge the Chinese government to:
Abolish all forms of arbitrary detention;
Release all prisoners of conscience;
Ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights;
End the use of the death penalty;
Provide open access to Tibet and East Turkestan (Xinjiang) including foreign media, diplomats and international observers;
Implement the recommendations from the UN Committee Against Torture 2008 review of China;
Adhere and uphold the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights;
End the practice of forced organ harvesting.

The coalition is also asking for three individual cases to be raised: Liu Xiaobo [5], the Nobel Peace Prize winner who is serving an 11-year prison sentence for calling for multiparty democracy and respect for human rights in China; Kerem Abduweli [6], a Uyghur imprisoned since 1990 for allegedly forming a political party promoting terrorism despite a lack of evidence and lack of due process; and Dolma Gyab [7], a Tibetan sentenced to death for the alleged murder of his wife who died after self-immolating.


Philippa Carrick (Tibet Society): This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , 020 7272 1414, 07941 105 485

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Shao Jiang (Chinese): This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , 07961 948 852
Enver Tohti (Uyghur): This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , 07950 674 306
Tenzin Samphel (Tibetan): This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it , 07989 792 006

1. On 3 September 2013, the Foreign Secretary stated in Parliament, We should always be clear in the United Kingdom about our belief in universal human rights and never be afraid to give our advocacy for those rights. That includes relations with China.

2. View the letter at

3. On 11 November 2013, when announcing the visit to China, David Cameron said, I will take senior British ministers - as well as business leaders from every sector, large and small - to forge a relationship that will benefit both our countries and bring real rewards for our peoples.

4. Business & human rights report:

5. Liu Xiaobo:

6. Kerem Abduweli:

7. Dolma Gyab:

Chinese, Uyghur & Tibetan Solidarity UK opposes the tyrannical rule of the Chinese Communist Party and upholds the values of freedom, human rights and democracy.

Chinese, Uyghur & Tibetan Solidarity UK is made up of the following organisations: Chinese Solidarity Campaign, Federation for Democratic China, Friends of Tiananmen Mothers, Tibetan Community in Britain, Tibet Society, Tibetan Youth UK, Students for a Free Tibet UK, Uyghur Association and Uyghur Community UK.

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