Canada calls China’s mistreatment of Uighurs ‘genocide’
Published: 04:36 PM, 23 October 2020
A Canadian parliamentary committee called Beijing's policies against the country's Uighur Muslim minority in the western Xinjiang region, as "genocide."
The Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development said in its statement, "About 1 million Uighurs are being held in detention in China's southwestern autonomous province of Xinjiang. They are being subjected to various kinds of atrocities while most of them are Muslims."
The subcommittee unequivocally condemned China's persecution of Uighur and Turkish Muslims in Xinjiang as all the three Canadian political parties, including the ruling Liberal Party, expressed solidarity.
The two reports on the international investigation into the persecutions of Uighurs in 2018 and 2020 were presented before the subcommittee. After analyzing the evidence, the committee said China's mistreatments of Uighurs amounted to genocide under the UN Genocide Convention.
The country's subcommittee has called on the Canadian government to condemn the Chinese government's genocide. The committee said it condemned the Chinese communist government, not Chinese citizens.
The subcommittee suggested Canadian Prime Minister Justin Tudor to liaise with the international community to ensure that the Chinese government allows observers to enter the Xinjiang Uyghur prison.
The labelling of the Uyghur treatment as genocide was applauded by the Justice for All Canada team, a Muslim advocacy organization.
“The Justice for All Canada team commends the Parliamentary Subcommittee…for releasing a list of actionable demands today for the Canadian government to condemn China’s actions against Uyghur Muslims,” the organization said in a press release.