EU Lawmakers Considering Human Rights Conditions in Xinjiang as ‘Genocide’

European lawmakers have pushed for a resolution designating alleged human rights abuses against Uygurs and other ethnic Muslims in Xinjiang as “genocide,” set to reach the Parliament this week. 

The motion was supported by four of the biggest parties in the European Parliament – the European People’s Party (EPP), the Renew Group, the Socialist and Democrats (S&Ds), and the European Conservatives and Reformists. 

According to reports, the parties will enter negotiations on Tuesday and finalize the text of the resolution, which will be debated on Wednesday and voted on Thursday. 

Last year, the EPP, the party of European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and former German chancellor Angela Merkel, was among those that supported engagement with China, while the S&Ds, the European party of current German leader Olaf Scholz, had broadly supported close ties with Beijing. 

However, mounting evidence of atrocities in Xinjiang has helped drive a sharp escalation.  

China was suspected of detaining over one million Uygurs and other Muslim minorities in political indoctrination camps. 


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