China sanctions will not silence critics standing up for the Uyghurs

Responding to China’s sanctions on nine UK citizens – including five MPs – for spreading “lies and disinformation”, Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for Foreign Affairs Layla Moran MP said: “We have full solidarity with colleagues and organisations who have been sanctioned for daring to speak out and expose the atrocities against the Uyghurs. Despite China’s intimidation tactics, we will not be silenced.

Alistair Carmichael MP

“Targeting backbench MPs instead of ministers makes clear this is about China’s disdain for democracy around the world.

“The UK cannot stand by while human rights abuses take place right in front of our eyes. This desperate move from China will galvanise us all to work harder. The Liberal Democrats urge the Government to stand behind those sanctioned and protect them.”

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