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The UK House of Commons yesterday declared for the first time that genocide is taking place against Uyghurs and others in north-west China.
“Today in Parliament, I raised the gross human rights violations against Uyghur Muslims in China. Whilst this Gvt refuses to take action & continues to put trade above human rights- I refuse to remain silent. Genocide is taking place on our watch- we have a duty to end it,” MP and Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons, Afzal Khan, said on Twitter.
Meanwhile, Nusrat Ghani said: “Parliament has passed an unopposed motion declaring genocide…. In making this declaration, the UK Parliament is joining the Parliaments of Canada, Netherlands and the United States Government.”
“The UK Parliament has assessed the evidence and spoken of the industrial scale human rights abuses being perpetrated by the Chinese Government in what is the largest mass incarceration of a minority since the Second World War.”
“We cannot stand idly by while these horrific abuses continue,” she added.
“The UK parliament unanimously declares China to be perpetrating genocide. This is an historic move. We thank the House of Commons for making the right decision.”
In response to the vote, the Chinese Embassy in the UK said the Britain should “immediately right its wrong moves” by publishing a statement.
In March, the US-based think tank the Newline Institute for Strategy and Policy said in a report that China bears responsibility for breaches of the Genocide Convention as a result of its treatment of Uyghur Muslims.