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Henry Smith MP: Support for the Uyghur people

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An issue which is often raised with me by Crawley residents is Britain’s place in the world and our role in upholding human rights.

It is difficult to think of a subject where this is more necessary than the treatment of the Uyghurs and other ethnic groups in Xinjiang in China.

These minorities are being incarcerated ‘en masse’ by the Chinese communist dictatorship. One look at the images to come out of Xinjiang will draw immediate parallels to the atrocities committed by Nazi Germany.

Earlier in the year the Foreign Secretary fulfilled a Conservative manifesto commitment to introduce a Magnitsky-style sanctions regime to tackle human rights abusers.

I am a member of the House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee, which scrutinises the work of the Foreign Secretary and the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO); we are supporting efforts in Parliament to ensure those responsible for the Chinese Communist Party’s actions in Xinjiang are included in the next designation of sanctions.

This week we launched an inquiry on the detention camps in Xinjiang. With evidence of the persecution of over a million people in these so-called re-education camps, our Committee will look into how the UK can use its position in the world when seeking to influence China.

Other areas which the inquiry will focus on include how groups being persecuted can receive support, mechanisms which the UK Government can use to discourage private sector companies from contributing to human rights abuses, and how the FCDO can ensure a strong role for Britain in preventing atrocities.

For more information and to take part in the Committee’s call for evidence, please visit: www.parliament.uk/facom.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

Henry Smith

Henry Smith MP: Roll-out of vaccine is a feat our country can be proud of

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The roll-out of the Covid-19 vaccine is a feat which our country can be proud of. I am grateful for the dedication of NHS staff and all the workers and volunteers involved in protecting our nation at this time.

At locations throughout Sussex, including at Crawley Hospital, people are receiving Covid vaccines as part of our fightback against the virus.

There are now more than 1,000 GP services and over 250 hospital sites now offering vaccinations in England.

Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust is the lead provider for the vaccination programme locally and they are looking for people to play their part in the vaccine roll-out.

The NHS are calling for potential vaccinators and volunteers to help protect millions of people from Covid, and want people who are able to work as flexibly as possible, including at evenings and weekends. I am grateful to everyone who has signed up already with more opportunities still available.

If you would like to help or are interested in finding out more, please click here for information from the Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust, and click here if you are interested in other volunteering opportunities as part of the NHS Volunteer Responder scheme.

Henry Smith MP
Crawley Constituency

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