Dutch Parliament Defines China’S Treatment Of Uighurs As Genocide

2021-02-25   |   by CusiGO

In China, the treatment of Uighurs is genocide. Uighurs are a Muslim minority in Xinjiang, Northwest China. The majority of the Dutch Parliament said so at the last meeting before the general election scheduled for March 17. It is the first time in Europe that a house has declared genocidal practices of surveillance, persecution and forced detention, and Beijing has denounced members of this organization as NGOs and exiles in this community. Dutch legislators believe that China has violated the 1948 United Nations Convention on the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide, which goes beyond the official position of the centre right government. It prefers to talk about human rights violations, leaving the consideration of genocide to the United Nations or the International Criminal Court.

In China, there are about 12 million Uighurs, most of whom live in Xinjiang. According to human rights groups, more than one million people are held in detention camps, where they are deprived of their rights and even forced to be sterilized. Earlier this month, the BBC published a report that women in the community were systematically raped in the same centre. In 2019, an international investigation called “China’s Secret Telegraph” revealed how the Chinese government suppressed ethnic minorities.

The motion put forward in the Dutch Parliament was supported by a majority of members, including three of the four parties of the ruling centre right coalition, to support the characterization of genocide. They are against the right-wing liberals, the majority of prime minister mark lute. The Dutch chief executive, who has been in office since his collective resignation over the family allowance scandal in January last year, has not denied charges of forced labor and sterilization, rape, sexual abuse, torture or any other form of assault on Uighurs.

However, the administration believes that talking about genocide must indicate “the intention to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group”. According to foreign minister stef Blok, the task is outside the purview of Dutch politicians. Bullock acknowledged that the situation in China is “shocking, very worrying, no doubt, but the Dutch government has drawn the attention of Europe to stop human rights violations,” he said.

Canada’s parliament on Monday passed a non binding motion to equate China’s genocide treatment of Uighurs with genocide, sparking protests from the Chinese Embassy, which issued a statement saying “it is hypocritical to use human rights to interfere in internal affairs.” The state. ” In January, the outgoing US Secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, filed similar charges of genocide against Uighurs shortly before leaving office, giving way to the administration of new President Joe Biden.