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World Recognize the "genocide" Uyghur in France: a sword shot in the water?

00:30  21 january  2022
00:30  21 january  2022 Source:   marianne.net

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While 175 voters were in the hemicycle on Thursday, January 20, the resolution brought by the Socialist MP from Gironde Alain David was voted almost unanimously, which is rare in France: 169 votes for, 1 vote against and 5 abstentions. The text, supported by the members of the LREM majority, "officially recognizes the violence perpetrated by the authorities of the People's Republic of China against the Uyghurs as constituting crimes against humanity and genocide", and the " sentenced ". But what do we know about the diplomatic consequences that such a text can have? The alteration of Franco-Chinese relations does not seem to be relevant for Marc Julienne, researcher at the French Institute of International Relations (IFRI) and specialist China. According to him, "the non-binding effect of the resolution will not lead China to adopt retortions towards French companies in the territory". On the legal basis and under Article 34-1 of the Constitution, the National Assembly is authorized to vote resolutions, without any binding effect. In other words, it makes an opinion on a specific issue after one or more members of Parliament filed a motion for a resolution. "Pressure on the executive" according to Marc Julienne, the resolution adopted on Thursday above all a "symbolic" scope . This is a way for parliamentarians to invite the French government to act. "It will create a real pressure on the executive so that it takes a firmer position on the question again. And adding: "If this is the case, China can see there a threat and the issue of diplomatic consequences will be legitimate. A position that could already be realized by the absence of French government representation at the Beijing Olympic Games (OJ) of Beijing, according to the elected and rapporteur of the text at the Assembly Alain David. "It would already be a good start," he says to Marianne. to read too: Hong Kong: "Beijing's compressor roll is methodical" For the time being, the executive power seems unwilling to take action. Although evoking "systematic violence" and "overwhelming testimonies", the Minister Delegate to Foreign Trade Franck Riester, said this morning during the parliamentary session, that he returned to an international tribunal to formally qualify the abuses committed by the China. "International Movement" if it does it for the first time, France is not the first country to position itself on Chinese repression in the province of Xinjiang. Several states have already formalized their recognition of the Uyghur genocide by China, starting with the United States in January 2021, followed by the British, Dutch, and Canadian parliaments that qualified the abuses committed to "crimes against humanity And "genocide". In addition, similar procedures are underway in other states such as Belgium, Germany, Lithuania and New Zealand. For Alain David, the socialist deputy at the origin of the text, recent recognitions create a "Non-negligible international movement". What can "push China in its entrenchments" according to the researcher Marc Julienne. Beijing rhetoric is often the same, according to him. "As a first step, she denies the accusations, then faced with evidence and international pressure, she justifies them by the positive effects they have had on Chinese society," he explains. This is what she had done to answer many countries blamed her to house rehabilitation camps in the province of Xinjiang. "After a long period of negation, it stated that the camps were" vocational training centers "destined to move the population from religious extremism and separatism," says Marc Julienne. To read too: Uighours: biden banishes the Xinjiang products and warnings companies the government soon do you seize the issue? This is in any case what some of the parliamentarians hope. Yesterday, Amnesty International called the international community not to let China use its winter games to divert attention from its human rights violations to Xinjiang.

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