July 25, 2021

French parliamentarians want to debate crimes against humanity against Uighurs

Will the National Assembly join the parliaments of Lithuania, the Netherlands, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Canada, as well as the Czech Senate and the United States government in their denunciation of the treatment of Uighurs as a genocide? While there is still a long way to go, 47 MEPs from various political groups have so far signed a motion for a resolution on “The recognition and condemnation of the genocidal nature of systematic political violence, as well as of crimes against humanity perpetrated against the Uighurs”.

The proposal, which is open to all, was registered on June 17 at the presidency of the Assembly and its supporters hope that a political group will be able to put it on the agenda when Parliament comes back to work. debate and vote it. On December 17, 2020, the European Parliament adopted a resolution on forced labor and “Arbitrary mass detention” of Uighurs and Kazakhs in Xinjiang, the “autonomous” region of western China.

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These indigenous minorities, of Turkic and Muslim ethnicity (11.5 million Uyghurs and 1.5 million Kazakhs), have been the object since 2017 of a particularly brutal policy of forced internment in the name of “Deradicalization”. In addition, local authorities are overstepping current birth control targets by imposing sterilizations, while many Hans invited to settle in Xinjiang receive bonuses for additional children. Very precise accounts of incarceration have been reported by dozens of Uighur and Kazakh survivors who were able to flee China.

In March, a legal report published in the United States concluded that these acts, if they were “Committed with intent to destroy, or in whole or in part, a national, ethnic, racial or religious group” were each “Sufficient to hold China responsible for breaching its commitments” under the 1948 UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

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“Every year, in the name of ‘never again’, we commemorate the Holocaust and the Armenian genocide. Genocide is happening before our eyes and we should be doing nothing? “, rebelled Frédérique Dumas, author of the proposal, ex-LRM MP (La République en Marche) now affiliated to the centrist group Libertés et Territoires, during a press conference organized on June 29 in the afternoon at the Palais Bourbon .

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