G-7 leaders ended their conference in Carbis Bay, England, vowing over one billion coronavirus vaccine doses to poorer countries and calling out China on many issues. Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, told reporters the vaccine doses would come both directly and through COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access, the United Nations-backed program delivering vaccines to low-and-middle-income nations.
A directive issued at the summit end said leaders of groups would promote values, including by calling on China to respect fundamental freedoms and human rights, particularly in relation to Xinjiang and those rights, high degree and freedoms of autonomy for Hong Kong enshrined in the Joint Declaration of Sino-British.
Yesterday I announced that the U.S. will donate half a billion additional Pfizer vaccines to help countries in dire need in this pandemic. In this moment — our values call us to do everything that we can to vaccinate the world against COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/T1XCTgQs1y
— President Biden (@POTUS) June 11, 2021
China is accused of committing severe human rights abuses against the Uyghur minority, especially the Muslim minority, in Xinjiang and its violation of human rights in Hong Kong. For the last few years, Beijing has come under strong global criticism from many Muslims and the West for its treatment of Uyghurs minorities, including extensive government surveillance and exploitations, including forced birth control.
According to several human rights groups, China sent over a million Uyghur minorities to detention camps. On the other hand, China says the compounds are professional education centers aimed to stop the spread of terrorist attacks and religious extremism. In addition, Beijing urged the Western countries to stop interfering in what it terms Hong Kong’s internal affairs.
G-7 Leaders Called for More Investigations Regarding COVID-19 Origins
A state security law came into force in Hong Kong in June of last year after pro-democracy protests in 2019. Furthermore, G-7 leaders called for more investigations about the origins of coronavirus that took around 176 million lives globally. The leaders said that they also call for transparent, timely, science-based, and expert-led World Health Organization-convened Phase II coronavirus Origin’s study including, as recommended by the report of experts, in China.