Dutch parliament labels Chinese treatment of Uighurs genocidePosted by Josh Taylor / February 27, 2021
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 week, 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.
“What caught my eye was that they actually use specific language saying that China needs to ‘upgrade population quality,’” she said. “They need to ‘optimize their birth policy.’ They even use a term … which is effectively emphasizing the role of eugenics in population planning in China.”
A Uighur doctor has described horrific things happening as part of China’s attempts to control the Uighur population, including forced abortions and hysterectomies. This doctor’s testimony confirms what Uighur women have said about their experiences under Beijing’s genocidal campaign, describing forced sterilization and other human rights violations.
A coalition of more than 180 human rights groups says that is “virtually certain” one in five cotton products are the result of forced Uighur labor, and that almost entire fashion industry is complicit in the forced labor.
A New York Times investigation has revealing that the Chinese government may be forcing Uighur people to make face masks, some of which end up in the United States. The Times was able to trace one shipment to the state of Georgia, for example.
According to a recent report out of Australia, a shocking number of global companies are exploiting the Uighur forced labor camps set up by the Chinese government. Here are just some of those companies: Abercrombie & Fitch, Amazon, GAP, H&M, Nike, Jack & Jones, Sharp, Siemens, Skechers, ASUS, Apple, Samsung, Huawei, BMW, Volkswagen, Sony, Polo Ralph Lauren, Puma, Victoria’s Secret, Vivo.
The news come as China ramps up its attempts to wipe out the Uighur people by attempting to control their population growth. The government is forcible implanting IUDs, sterilizing, and performing abortions on Uighur to prevent them from procreating.
The Chinese government is also sending Uighurs to detention camps for growing beards or wearing veils, both related to Muslim practices. What’s more, the government is also detaining Uighurs for visiting foreign websites.
Beijing is also allegedly forcing Muslim members of the Uighur community to redecorate their homes, removing anything that doesn’t appear “traditionally Chinese” and replaced with decorations that do.