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20 Oireachtas members sign letter to the Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs to condemn the Chinese Governments actions against the Uighur people

An Taoiseach Mícheal Martin TD

An Tánaiste, Leo Varadkar TD,

Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney TD,

We are writing to you to request that Ireland immediately condemn the barbaric measures being used by the Chinese Government to slash the Uighur Muslim population in China. The campaign has been labelled a 'demographic genocide' by international experts. We are deeply concerned about the 'detention camps' to which women are being sent if they have more than the 'permitted' number of children.

News outlets are now reporting that China has subjected 'hundreds of thousands of women' to forced pregnancy tests, forced birth control, sterilisation and forced abortions.

We are deeply concerned at drone footage that shows hundreds of men and women being led blindfolded onto trains. We are very concerned at reports of men and women being detained without charge or conviction for indefinite lengths of time in “thought transformation camps”.

We are pleading with you, Taoiseach, Tánaiste and Minister Coveney, to urgently intervene and make Ireland's opposition to this torture known. We feel it would also be beneficial if the Irish government were to lobby other western and European countries to join us in condemning these practices.

Eagerly awaiting your response,

1. Peadar Tóibín TD Aontú

2. Neasa Hourigan TD Green

3. Patrick Costello TD Green

4. Joe O’Brien TD Green

5. Cian O’Callaghan TD Social Democrats

6. Jennifer Whitmore TD Social Democrats

7. John Lahart TD Fianna Fáil

8. Neale Richmond TD Fine Gael

9. Cathal Berry TD Ind

10. Matt Shanahan TD Ind

11. Seán Canny TD Ind

12. Carol Nolan TD Ind

13. Michael McNamara TD Ind

14. Mattie McGrath TD Ind

15. Senator Malcom Byrne Fianna Fáil

16. Senator Michael McDowell Ind

17. Senator Lynne Ruane Ind

18. Senator Gerard Craughwell Ind

19. Senator Ronan Mullen Ind

20. Senator David Norris Ind

By Aontú Press | 29 July, 2020

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