World Canada: Parliament recognizes a "genocide" against the Uyghurs, protests from China
Canada weighs calling China's Uighur treatment a genocide
Canada and other nations are considering labelling China's treatment of its Uighur minority a genocide, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday. This comes after Donald Trump's outgoing administration last month said Beijing's incarceration of mostly Muslim minorities in its far western Xinjiang region amounted to genocide and crimes against humanity. "It's a word that is extremely loaded and is certainly something that we should be looking at in the case of the Uighurs," Trudeau told a news conference.
On Monday February 22, Canadian deputies adopted a non-binding motion equating China's treatment of its Uyghur minority with "genocide". This angered Beijing, who called the motion a "malicious provocation".
The motion, voted on Monday February 22 in the Canadian Parliament, recognizes that “the Uyghurs in China have been and are subject to genocide”. This, tabled on the initiative of the Conservatives (opposition), was adopted unanimously in the House of Commons by 266 votes out of 338. It also calls on the government of Justin Trudeau to side with this opinion. Other MPs, including ministers in the Liberal government of Justin Trudeau, abstained.
China rejects Uighurs genocide charge, invites UN’s rights chief
Activists, UN experts say at least one million Muslims are detained in camps in the remote western region. China denies abuses and says its camps provide vocational training and are needed to fight extremism. On Monday, the United Kingdom’s foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, denounced torture, forced labour and sterilisations that he said were taking place against Muslim Uighurs on an “industrial scale”. “The situation in Xinjiang is beyond the pale,” Raab told the Geneva forum where China is among the 47 member states.
"Hypocrites and shameless"
The Chinese Embassy in Canada rejected this motion in a press release, "a shameful act", describing Canadian deputies as "hypocrites and shameless" for having used "the excuse of rights humans to engage in political manipulation in Xinjiang in order to interfere in China's internal affairs ”. To support their request, the deputies point in particular to "political and anti-religious indoctrination", "forced labor" and "the destruction of cultural sites" suffered by this Muslim minority in Xinjiang.
An amendment to the motion calling for the Beijing 2022 Olympic Winter Games to be moved if the “genocide” continues, was also adopted. According to foreign experts, more than a million Uyghurs are in detention in political re-education camps. Beijing denies and claims that these are vocational training centers intended to distance them from terrorism and separatism after attacks attributed to Uyghurs.
Canadian MPs call China's Uighur treatment 'genocide'
Canadian MPs passed a non-binding motion Monday calling China's treatment of its Uighur minority a "genocide" and calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government to officially label it as such. The motion, introduced by opposition Conservatives, was passed unanimously in the House of Commons by 266 votes out of 338. The other MPs, including ministers from Trudeau's Liberal government, abstained. The motion recognizes that "Uighurs in ChinaThe motion, introduced by opposition Conservatives, was passed unanimously in the House of Commons by 266 votes out of 338. The other MPs, including ministers from Trudeau's Liberal government, abstained.
"Now the Conservatives are calling on the Liberal government to respect Parliament and officially recognize that a genocide is happening in China," said their leader, Erin O'Toole, who has been calling on Ottawa to toughen up its tone against Beijing for months . “The Government of Canada takes any allegation of genocide extremely seriously,” Foreign Minister Marc Garneau responded in a statement, recalling that Canada favored a concerted approach with its allies on this issue."Huge human rights violations"
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday admitted that "huge human rights violations have been reported in Xinjiang." He specified, at the end of a G7 meeting, that Canada was consulting with its partners in the international community on the use of the term “genocide” already used by the administration of Donald Trump.
Relations between Canada and China are going through an unprecedented crisis since the arrest at the end of 2018 of the former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and his compatriot Michael Spavor, accused of espionage, a few days after that of an executive of Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, at Vancouver Airport. The financial director of the Chinese giant was arrested at the request of the American justice which wants to judge her for bank fraud.
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