BMA condemns China genocide against Uyghur people

by BMA media team

Press release from the BMA

Location: UK International
Published: Tuesday 28 June 2022
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Representatives at the BMA's Annual Representative Meeting (ARM) in Brighton have today passed a motion1 condemning the appalling treatment of Uyghur people by the Chinese Government.

BMA medical ethics committee chair Dr Zoe Greaves said:

"The situation in China is an international scandal that should attract universal outrage.

"The BMA has been and continues to be vocal in its condemnation of the Chinese state in its inhuman treatment of ethnic minorities, and we were utterly appalled to read the harrowing evidence laid out in the Uyghur Tribunal report and now the leaked Xinjian Police Files.

"Most difficult for doctors to comprehend is the credible accounts that medicine is being used to commit genocide, in the most gross and intolerable perversion of the core principle of our profession – that is, the pledge to 'first do no harm'.

"We continue to demand action from governments, international partners and medical bodies to hold China to account for its merciless assault on the Uyghur people and other ethnic minorities. This includes calling for an independent investigation commissioned by the UN into the atrocities and pursuing the issue with the World Medical Association.

"This motion reasserts the BMA’s commitment as a professional body to call out and campaign against human rights abuses on behalf of our members and the medical profession both here and abroad."


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  1. The full wording of the motion is as below:



That this meeting fully accepts the judgement of the Uyghur Tribunal that the Peoples Republic of China (PRC) has committed genocide, crimes against humanity and torture of ethnic minorities, and expects the BMA to condemn these actions. The Association must work with other medical organisations and the UK Government to impose appropriate sanctions against the PRC.