The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) Foreign Affairs Division held a meeting of its diplomacy and human rights project team at party headquarters on March 25. They discussed human rights in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), welcoming as guests to the meeting Japan Uyghur Association President Kerimu Uda and others.
“Unless more pressure is placed on China, there will be no way to help Uyghur women and children,” said Uda. “Even today, Uyghurs around the world still cannot contact their families [in the XUAR] and confirm whether they are safe.”
The international community is taking a harsh view of the human rights situation in the XUAR. The BBC has reported that human rights violations and gang rape are being committed at the “reeducation facilities” for Uyghurs.
In March, the United States imposed sanctions, including freezing the assets of top public security officials in the XUAR. The European Union and Canada also took similar steps. Japan is cautious about imposing sanctions on China.
At the project team meeting, participants discussed the pros and cons of Japan’s creating its own Magnitsky legislation, which would allow the nation to impose sanctions on foreign officials for involvement in human rights violations. The group will compile recommendations and submit them to the government before the G7 summit scheduled to be held in the UK in June.