4 May 2021

MPs asked to back declaration over Uyghur treatment

From Morning Report, 8:28 am on 4 May 2021

MPs are being asked to back a formal declaration that China's treatment of the Uyghur people is genocide.

The request has come from a group of Uyghur people now living in New Zealand.

It comes hard on the heels of China's ambassador to New Zealand issuing a direct warning against "interfering" in China's "internal matters".

Speaking at the China Business Summit in Auckland yesterday she dismissed talk of forced labour and genocide as: 'lies fabricated by anti-China forces'.

High Court lawyer Sam Vincent is a spokesperson for the New Zealand-based Uyghurs, who he says are too afraid to be identified.

He spoke to Susie Ferguson.