HIGHLIGHTS:

  • The motion has been passed by the Conservative Party.
  • China has been accused of ill-treating the Uighurs at several camps.
  • At least one million Muslims are imprisoned in camps in China’s remote western region of Xinjiang.
  • Cong Peiwu the Chinese ambassador to Canada has rejected the motion and stated that there is no genocide in Xinjiang.

On Monday, the parliament of Canada passed a non-binding motion whic stated China’s treatment of its Muslim Uighur minority constitutes genocide, heaping pressure on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government to do the same. The motion has been sponsored by the opposition Conservative Party at a vote of 266-0 in the House of Commons.

Reportedly, the measure was also amended just before the vote to call on the International Olympic Committee to move the 2022 Winter Olympics from Beijing if the treatment continues. The Conservative Party leader informed that over one million Uighurs and other Muslims have been in camps.

The leader further discussed the testimonies which are said to be terrific. “There’s real suffering going on in China. There’s a genocide happening and Canadians, while we are free traders and I am very proud to be a free-market party, our values are not for sale,” the leader added.

Meanwhile, the United Nations experts and human rights advocates have highlighted that at least one million Muslims are imprisoned in camps in China’s remote western region of Xinjiang. However, China has denied all the accusations, instead, it has stated that the camps provide vocational training and are needed to fight extremism.

On the other hand, Cong Peiwu the Chinese ambassador to Canada has rejected the Conservative Party’s motion. “There is no so-called ‘genocide’ in Xinjiang at all,” Peiwu said. He further mentioned that a few people in Canada and some other western countries were discussing about upholding values.

“One of the most significant values should be respect facts and stop spreading disinformation and even lies,” Cong added. The ambassador also requested Canada to stop interfering in the internal affairs of China. However, Trudeau is under pressure domestically to take a harder stance against China.

Reportedly, the diplomatic relations between Ottawa and Beijing have declined since December 2018. This had occurred when Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, an executive with Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, on an extradition request by the United States, where she is wanted on fraud charges.

As per sources, China had arrested two Canadians including former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor. The two have been accused of spying. This month, Canada, the US, and 56 other countries have endorsed a declaration condemning the political detention of foreign nationals around the world.

Previously, the United Kingdom had accused China of human rights violations. On the last full day in office, the administration of former US President Donald Trump had said that China had committed genocide and crimes against humanity against the Uighurs in Xinjiang.

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