266 of the 338 members of the Canadian House of Representatives voted in favor of the motion submitted by the opposition. Several coalition members also voted for him. The other members, including Trudeau and cabinet ministers, abstained.
The proposal acknowledges that “Uyghurs in the past and present in China have been victims of genocide.” According to MEPs, Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang region have suffered from, among other things, “political and anti-religious indoctrination,” “forced labor,” and “cultural site destruction”. According to investigative reporters, Muslim women are systematically raped and tortured.
An amendment has also been passed to the proposal to move the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing to another country if China continues the genocide.
Experts say more than a million Uyghurs are currently being held against their will in political re-education camps. Beijing denies this, claiming that these are vocational training centers to keep the Uyghurs away from terrorism and separatism.
The United States preceded Canada
Globally, Canada is the second country to recognize China’s treatment of the Muslim minority as genocide. Only the United States has done that before. Trudeau acknowledges reports of human rights violations from China, and said he is consulting with international allies on the use of the term “genocide.”
Communist China responds with indignation to the movement and says it protested. A Chinese foreign ministry spokesman accused the Canadians of “politicizing sport” and said it was not acting “in the spirit of the Olympic Charter.”
The Chinese embassy in Canada had previously described the proposal as “shameful” and a “malicious provocation to 1.4 billion Chinese.”