Mass Atrocity Response in Xinjiang

How can international human rights obligations be enforced against all-powerful permanent members of the UN Security Council? What can and should the UK government do in response to the allegations of mass atrocities arising out of Xinjiang?

These are among the questions that the UK Parliament posed as part of its Parliamentary Inquiry on Xinjiang Detention Camps, to which our research team responded by submitting both written and oral evidence. In our evidence submission, our research team reviewed mechanisms available under international human rights law to ensure international oversight and scrutiny, as well as the ways of overcoming some of the challenges tied with China's status as a Permanent Member of the UN Security Council, including the possibility of leveraging trade and China's financial interests as means of ensuring human rights compliance.  

Our team also discussed the evidence submissions on a panel discussion co-hosted by the Oxford Programme on International Peace and Security, the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, and the Oxford Transitional Justice Research group.