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Statement from Foreign Affairs Minister

Statement from Foreign Affairs Minister

THIS IS A DISTRESSING SITUATION FOR MR ABUDUSALAMU, AS IT IS FOR MANY MEMBERS OF THE AUSTRALIAN-UIGHUR COMMUNITY WHO ARE CONCERNED ABOUT THEIR RELATIVES IN XINJIANG. DFAT CONTINUES TO PROVIDE CONSULAR ASSISTANCE, AS FAR AS WE ARE ABLE, TO MR ABUDUSADAMU AND HIS FAMILY.

AUSTRALIAN CONSULAR OFFICERS DO WHAT THEY CAN TO ASSIST AUSTRALIANS IN NEED IN CHINA. BUT IT IS IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT CHINA DOES NOT PROVIDE CONSULAR ACCESS TO DUAL NATIONALS, UNLESS THEY HAVE ENTERED CHINA ON THEIR AUSTRALIAN PASSPORT.

WE ARE DEEPLY CONCERNED ABOUT THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN XINJIANG, INCLUDING THE USE OF DETENTION FACILITIES.

WE CONTINUE TO RAISE OUR CONCERNS ABOUT THE HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN XINJIANG REGULARLY WITH CHINA, INCLUDING DURING MY VISIT TO BEIJING LAST YEAR.

THE LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL AND UN HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AT HRC41, SUBMITTED ON 8 JULY, REFLECTS AN INCREASED INTERNATIONAL FOCUS ON THE CONCERNING DEVELOPMENTS IN XINJIANG. AUSTRALIA WAS ONE OF 22 COUNTRIES THAT SIGNED THE LETTER.