British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab spoke of almost daily reports confirming the systematic violations by the Chinese authorities against the Uyghurs, including torture and sterilization of women.
On Monday, the Canadian Parliament called on his government to consider the violations of the Chinese authorities against the Muslim Uighur minority as a “genocide”, and Britain condemned the violations, demanding China allow investigators access to Xinjiang.
The Canadian House of Commons voted in favor of a proposal submitted by the opposition Conservative Party with 266 votes in favor and without any opposition, while liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his government abstained from the vote despite broad support from liberal lawmakers.
Conservative Canadian representatives urged the government of their country to officially recognize the occurrence of a genocide of the Muslim minority in China and to tighten its rhetoric against Beijing. They also called in the text of their memorandum to transfer the Winter Olympics to next year from China if “genocide” continues.
Conservative MP Michael Chung said, “We can no longer turn a blind eye to this, we have to call things by their names, (it is) genocide.”
On the other hand, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said Tuesday that this measure “ignores the facts and logic,” and accused the voters in favor of the memo of hypocrisy for using human rights as a pretext to interfere in China’s internal affairs, adding that his country “lodged strong protests” to Canada.
An international investigation
In the same context, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said that there are almost daily reports confirming the systematic violations by the Chinese authorities against the Uighurs and other minorities in Xinjiang, including torture and sterilization of women.
“These violations are being committed on a large scale, and it is our collective duty to act and not be silent about them,” Raab added in his speech to the Human Rights Council meeting.
The British Foreign Secretary called on the United Nations to work to give the Human Rights Commission and independent fact-finding experts the possibility of urgent and unrestricted entry to Xinjiang, believing that the members of the Human Rights Council must assume their responsibilities and pass a law permitting this.
Raab also confirmed in a tweet his country’s announcement of measures targeting supply chains that use forced labor in Xinjiang.
On Monday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi denied the accusations directed against his country, and said during a forum on US-China relations in Beijing that “places inhabited by ethnic minorities such as Xinjiang and Tibet are shining examples of China’s progress in the field of human rights.”
Wang added that China is “always committed” to protecting human rights, citing the growth of GDP and life expectancy in minority areas as evidence of rights protection there.
Western countries and human rights groups accuse China of detaining at least one million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in camps in Xinjiang, and after Beijing denied the existence of these camps, it later announced that they are nothing but vocational training centers aimed at keeping young people from embracing extremism.