The Canadian parliament has called the government’s treatment of China’s Uighur Muslim minority a genocide. The House of Commons passed a resolution unanimously on Monday.
According to the BBC, 26 votes were cast in favor of the proposal. There were no votes against. However, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and most members of his cabinet abstained.
Earlier, the United States recognized China’s treatment of Uighurs as genocide.
Opposition leaders in Canada have demanded that the 2022 Winter Olympics in China be removed and that the Canadian government put pressure on it.
The House of Commons called for the International Olympic Committee to be called on the basis of that demand. Lawmakers have also voted in this regard.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was hesitant about recognizing China’s treatment of Uighurs as genocide. Even though his foreign minister, Mark Garneau, was present in parliament, he said he was abstaining from voting on behalf of the Canadian government.
China has condemned Canada’s recognition.
Human rights groups have long accused China of persecuting Uyghur Muslims.
There are allegations that China has held more than one million Uighurs in detention for several years. Attempts are being made to forget their ethnic and religious identities in the name of re-education. Muslim women are being forced to work as workers in various organizations, forcibly sterilized, raped and disappeared.
Bangladesh time: 1818 hours, February 23, 2021
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