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British MPs “China is committing genocide against the Uyghur people in Xinjiang province.”

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 A “growing movement in western democracies,”

British MPs voted to declare that China is committing genocide against the Uyghur people in Xinjiang province.


The motion passed on Thursday does not compel the government to act but is likely to mark a further decline in relations with China. In response, Beijing’s embassy in the UK accused the MPs of having “cooked up” the motion “with a view to discrediting and attacking China”.

Nigel Adams, the Asia minister, admitted there was credible evidence of widespread use of forced labour, internment camps, and the targeting of ethnic groups. The actions amounted to clear and systematic abuse of human rights, but he said the UK’s longstanding position was that determining genocide is for “competent national and international courts”.

The shadow Foreign Office minister Stephen Kinnock said ministers needed to go further by widening the pool of Chinese officials sanctioned, ending further formal economic consultations with China, and advocating for the UN general assembly to request an advisory opinion from the international court of justice on the question of genocide.

This is, as the Guardian says, a growing movement across the world. Here is what leading French radical leftist and MP, says:

Written by Andrew Coates

April 23, 2021 at 9:41 am

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