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Xinjiang Governor is Forced to Cancel Planned Europe Trip

Erkin Tuniyaz, the governor of the Xinjiang region in China canceled his controversial trip to London, Paris and Brussels which was scheduled for the week of February 13, 2023. He was forced to abort the trip after strong and widespread concerns from lawmakers and human rights activists that Europe was welcoming the person in charge of the region where the United Nations in a report on August 2022 found serious human rights violations against Uyghurs and other Turkic communities in the Xinjiang region and that these violations “may constitute international crimes, in particular crimes against humanity.”

Tuniyaz has been sanctioned by the U.S. government for his role in the human rights violations in Xinjiang.

On February 8, 2023, the Guardian reported that the British Foreign Office sent out an email that Erkin Tuniyaz is planning to visit the UK and other European countries to meet “stakeholders” to “discuss the situation in Xinjiang”. MPs belonging to the inter-parliamentary alliance on China (Ipac) called it “incomprehensible” that “anybody within government would think it appropriate to meet with someone who has played a central role in the persecution of Uyghurs – crimes our own parliament has declared to be genocide.”

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