UK Updates Guidance Regarding Human Rights Violations in Xinjiang

Posted by Marta Gargallo on 3/10/21 5:00 PM

The United Kingdom (UK) has updated its publication “Overseas Business Risk – China” to include a new section specifically addressed to what the UK calls “human rights violations” in the Xinjiang region of China. This update is consistent with measures announced by the UK Foreign Secretary on January 12, 2021 to ensure that British organizations, whether in the public or private sector, “are not complicit in, nor profiting from, the human rights violations in Xinjiang.” (Section 6.1.)

The UK strongly recommends UK businesses “undertake careful and robust due diligence to ensure their operations do not directly or indirectly contribute to human rights violations.” (Section 6.1.)

The updated “Overseas Business Risk – China” can be found here:

The UK’s January 12, 2021 press release announcing the business measures relating to Xinjiang can be found here:

Topics: China, UK, Forced Labor

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