Amnesty condemns China’s policy of separating Uighur familiesPosted by Thomas Bush / March 21, 2021
The Chinese government has criticized western nations critical of their treatment of the Uighur people. Chinese officials argued that the atrocities committed against native American peoples, enslaved Africans, Aboriginal Australians, and Eastern European Jews make any criticism from the perpetrating nations hypocritical. Australia refused to take the bate, vowing to continue calling out Chinese crimes against humanity.
The Dutch parliament has become the first European government to label the treatment of Uighurs genocide. The move comes just days after the Chinese government has rejected the international outcry against their treatment of the Uighur people, which other countries are calling (or coming close to calling) genocide. China has invited the UN, but in a vague sort of way.
Major western governments have stopped just short of labeling the Chinese oppression of the Uighur people “genocide,” a term that might trigger international law if widely adopted. The British government, for example, denounced oppressions “on an industrial scale” against the Uighurs. Canadian House of Commons voted to call the situation genocide, but Trudeau and his cabinet abstained from the vote––and anyway, a simple parliamentary declaration doesn’t do much.
Canada began considering calling China’s treatment of Uighurs “genocide,” two weeks ago. That followed the U.S. State Department has labeled China’s treatment of the Uighur people genocide, the harshest criticism of Beijing’s actions. Around that same time, Boris Johnson announced that the British government will not call the Uighur situation in genocide.
Last month, the United States Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) has concluded, finally, that “crimes against humanity – and possibly genocide – are occurring” against the Uighur people.