Australian FM statement on reports on Xinjiang

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Marise Payne

I am aware of the reports today of the Xinjiang papers. This follows the deeply disturbing video released in September.

I have previously raised Australia’s strong concerns about reports of mass detentions of Uighurs in Xinjiang. These disturbing reports today reinforce Australia’s view and we reiterate those concerns.

We have consistently called for China to cease the arbitrary detention of Uighurs and other groups.

We have raised these concerns – and we will continue to raise them both bilaterally and in relevant international meetings.

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