Bärbel Kofler, Federal Government Commissioner for Human Rights Policy and Humanitarian Assistance at the Federal Foreign Office, issued the following statement today (26 November) on the reports on the situation in Xinjiang:
The ongoing reports of more than a million Uighurs being held in camps in Xinjiang are absolutely appalling. I call on the Chinese Government once again to allow independent international observers to access Xinjiang. Those unlawfully detained in camps in Xinjiang must be released immediately.
In the talks that I myself, and also the Federal Government, have held with the Chinese Government in recent months, we have repeatedly called for an improvement of the human rights situation in Xinjiang. We reminded China of its international human rights obligations. China must now undertake clear steps to improve the human rights situation in Xinjiang without delay and in the long term.