Twenty TDs and Senators have signed a letter to an Taoiseach, an Tánaiste and to the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Simon Coveney expressing serious concern about the mistreatment of the Uighur Muslim people by the Chinese authorities.
The letter, addessed to Mícheál Martin and Leo Varadkar as well as the Foreign Affairs Minister says that the campaign against the Uighur people has been labelled a ‘demographic genocide’.
The Irish government was urged to “intervene and make Ireland’s opposition to this torture known”.
“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,” the letter began.
“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’,” the TDs and Senators said.
“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.”
It was signed by:
- Peadar Tóibín TD Aontú
- Neasa Hourigan TD Green
- Patrick Costello TD Green
- Joe O’Brien TD Green
- Cian O’Callaghan TD Social Democrats
- Jennifer Whitmore TD Social Democrats
- John Lahart TD Fianna Fáil
- Neale Richmond TD Fine Gael
- Cathal Berry TD Ind
- Matt Shanahan TD Ind
- Seán Canny TD Ind
- Carol Nolan TD Ind
- Michael McNamara TD Ind
- Mattie McGrath TD Ind
- Senator Malcom Byrne Fianna Fáil
- Senator Michael McDowell Ind
- Senator Lynne Ruane Ind
- Senator Gerard Craughwell Ind
- Senator Ronan Mullen Ind
- Senator David Norris Ind