The government refuses to declare the atrocities in Xinjiang genocide

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November 15, 2021

The UK government refused to declare genocide at the ongoing atrocities in Xinjiang, in its response to the Foreign Affairs Committee’s special report “Never Again: UK Responsibility to Act on Atrocities in Xinjiang and Beyond, ”released over the weekend.

The government says it will “not make decisions in relation to genocide” in response to the Committee’s recommendation to “accept Parliament’s view that Uyghurs and other ethnic minority groups in Xinjiang they are suffering genocide and crimes against humanity ”.

In April of this year, the House of Commons declared that a genocide was underway against Uyghurs and others in northwestern China.

The government opposed the motion, arguing that the designation of the genocide was a matter of “competent national and international courts after examining all available evidence,” but the ministers did not vote against.

Estimates of the number of Uighur Muslims currently held in concentration camps are between one and three million.

Last month a Chinese detective in exile he told CNN that Xinjiang officials were regularly hanged Uighur detained from the ceilings and ordered their sexual assault.

Extensive personal testimony from the region and leaked official documents revealed human rights violations such as torture, forced labor, forced contraception and sterilization, sexual abuse, home surveillance, suppression of religious practices, destruction of ancient heritage sites and forced marriage of Uyghur women. non-Muslim men are abundant in the region.

Last week Beijing announced new and more restrictive rules for Xinjiang Muslims which will come into effect from January 1, 2022.

Although the UK government agrees with the Committee’s recommendation to raise concerns with UNESCO, the International Labor Organization and engage with the Uyghur community in the UK, it said it “made no decision” about a potential diplomatic boycott of next year’s winter. Beijing Olympics and Paralympics.

They said there were currently no plans to “place controls on imports of goods from China”, as the committee pleaded with them to consider banning cotton products known to be wholly or partially produced by labor. forced into Xinjiang.

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