The Foreign Minister has spoken out on a report that lays bare the “harrowing” treatment of one group of people.
The damning report from UN human rights commissioner Michelle Bachelet, published just minutes before her tenure ended, found Chinese government authorities were committing human rights abuses against Uighur and Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang.
The Foreign Minister said the allegations were credible.
“Certainly, the report concludes that serious human rights violations have been committed in Xinjiang,” she told ABC Radio National.
Penny Wong said the report was pretty harrowing reading. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage
Australia will consider the recommendations included in the report and consult with international partners.
“I think the issue of how it is that in a world where we see a lot of human rights violations, how we can continue to promote and protect and assert the importance of human rights,” Senator Wong said.
“I think that is one of the ways we can use supply chains to ensure we don’t promote, we don’t condone, and we don’t financially support forced labour.”
She noted the “strength and determination” of the Australian Uighur community for consistently speaking out.
The Foreign Minister said the report confirmed Australia’s fears. Picture: NCA NewsWire / Gary Ramage
Beijing had sought to prevent the release of the report which alleged the human rights abuses, including forced medical procedures, sexual violence and torune, could constitute crimes against humanity.
Following its release the Chinese government labelled the report “lies and disinformation”.
Meanwhile, the Albanese government has offered to help pay for the upcoming Solomon Island elections.
Senator Wong denied Honiara had requested an Australia chip in.
“It reflects our longstanding and historical commitment to supporting democracy and democratic processes in Solomon Islands,” she said.
“We have made an offer of assistance and it’s a matter for Solomon Islands as to whether they will respond and how they wish to respond.”