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Canada, the second country after the United States, called China’s treatment of Uighur Muslims “genocide.” News from the BBC
The House of Commons has voted to condemn the country’s repressive treatment of Uighur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province as “genocide.”
The motion was passed by a 27-0 vote in the House of Commons. Everyone in the opposition and a section of the ruling Liberal Party voted in favor. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and most members of his cabinet abstained.
Lawmakers have also passed an amendment calling on Canadian authorities to call on the International Olympic Committee to withdraw the 2022 Winter Olympics from Beijing if “the Chinese government continues the Uyghur genocide.”
Justin Trudeau, however, was somewhat hesitant to call China’s treatment of minority Uighur Muslims genocide. He said the matter needs to be further investigated before a decision is taken.
Opposition leader Erin O’Toole said before the vote that the move was a signal that “we stand for human rights and human dignity, even if it means giving up some economic opportunities.”
He mentioned the recent ban on BBC News in China following a report on Uighurs. However, China’s ambassador to Canada said the parliament’s proposal amounted to interference in China’s internal affairs.
Human rights groups have accused the Chinese government of torturing about one million Uighurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang.
Human rights activists say human rights are being violated in the province and crimes like genocide are being committed there.
They say the Uighurs are being held in a camp called ‘Education Camp’ and are being taught Chinese Mandarin. Speaking of praising the Communist Party and being strictly reminded of the rules governing their proper conduct.
They are being forced to criticize or abandon their own religious beliefs. As part of these practices, the Chinese government is struggling to eradicate Xinjiang’s Uyghur culture and ethnic identity.
However, China has denied the allegations, saying “vocational training” is being provided in minority camps to fight “terrorism”.