The British Parliament has unanimously declared on April 22 that China’s crackdown on ethnic minority Uyghurs in the northwestern Xinjiang region is genocide.
The members of parliament (MP) passed a nonbinding motion condemning “mass human rights abuses and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region.”
The motion also called on the government of the United Kingdom to “fulfill their obligations under the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide and all relevant instruments of international law to bring it to an end.”
The government opposed the motion, arguing that only “competent national and international courts” can declare a genocide “after consideration of all available evidence.”
The motion still passed because no minister voted against it.
“Government states genocide can only be determined by a competent court. Every route to a court is blocked by China. Our government is handcuffed, paralyzed by the United Nations. We need to take back control. And our routes to declare genocide cannot be controlled by China,” MP Nusrat Ghani, who introduced the motion, told the parliament.
“The UK Parliament has assessed the evidence and spoken of the industrial scale human rights abuses being perpetrated by the Chinese government in what is the largest mass incarceration of a minority since the Second World War,” Ghani said in a statement.
The UK joins the United States, Canada, and the Netherlands in declaring China’s treatment of Uyghurs as genocide.
According to reports, China has detained at least two million Uyghurs in camps and have subjected them to abuse, including forced labor, torture, and rape.
China has denied the allegations and claimed that the camps were for vocational training to ensure security in the region.
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