onsdag 16. juni 2021

Belgium, Czech Republic Legislatures Pass Uyghur Genocide Declarations

The Belgian parliament on Tuesday recognized China’s treatment of Muslim Uyghurs in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) as crimes against humanity and warned of a “serious risk of genocide,” joining other governments and legislatures that have made similar designations. The vote in Brussels followed the Czech Senate’s 38-0 vote Monday for a motion declaring China’s policies toward Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minorities as amounting to genocide and crimes against humanity in the Xinjiang region.

The moves by the two legislatures follow those of other democratic parliaments — Canada, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Lithuania — which determined that China’s policies in the XUAR constitute genocide. The U.S. government in January designated abuses in the region as part of a campaign of genocide, and the German parliament is conducting an inquiry into the allegations.

The Belgian motion, which cleared the parliament’s foreign relations committee and will be confirmed by a plenary session on July 1, also calls for a reexamination of policies ranging from extradition to investment. “Today the Belgian Parliament has raised a warning sign to the world,” said lawmaker Samuel Cogolati, co-author of the resolution and co-chair of the cross-party Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China.