'China needs to be brought to account': Federal MPs urge tough response to China's Muslim crackdown
  • Mon, 11/19/2018 - 18:56
By Fergus Hunter
18 November 2018 — 12:00am

An unlikely grouping of federal parliamentarians from across the political spectrum has condemned China's unprecedented crackdown against Muslim minorities and urged a strong response from Australia and the international community.

The politicians — Greens leader Richard Di Natale, Liberal senator Eric Abetz, and Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick — also voiced concern at claims Uighurs living in Australia were being monitored and potentially intimidated by the Chinese government.

The Chinese Communist Party has escalated a campaign targeting Uighurs and other minorities in the north-western province of Xinjiang, with up to 1 million people said to be detained in a network of mass indoctrination camps aimed at suppressing religious activity and enforcing CCP practices.

According to reports, detainees have been abused and tortured for failing to comply with the "re-education" program. People not in the camps are living in an increasingly advanced surveillance state with heavy restrictions on their freedoms.