British lawmakers unanimously ask government to assess genocide risk in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, sanctions officials

The British minister “waives his legal and moral obligations” after the court finds “beyond reasonable suspicion” evidence of torture, crimes against humanity and genocide in the Xiangjiang region of China. I am told to stop and act.

In a new effort to pressure the government to recognize genocide, the British Parliament unanimously passed a motion on Thursday calling for an urgent assessment and sanctions on perpetrators.

In April 2021, Parliament declared that Uighur Muslims and other ethnic and religious minorities in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region were exposed to crimes against humanity and genocide.

However, the government refused to give official approval, citing the long-standing position of successive British governments that only the court of jurisdiction could make a decision on genocide.

A new motion introduced by Conservative Rep. Nus Ghani “beyond reasonable suspicion” that an independent People’s Court in London committed torture, crimes against humanity and genocide in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. It is after the discovery.

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In that summary judgment (pdf), The court said it was more appropriate for the government or international organizations to issue genocide findings, but “the government does not have the courage to do so. The United Nations involves a powerful state. Not so. “

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Members of the panel will hear in London on June 4, 2021, at the Uighur Court, a panel of UK-based lawyers and rights experts investigating alleged abuse of Uighurs in China. I will take a seat on the first day of the event. (AFP via Tolga Akmen / Getty Images)

Leading the debate in Congress, Gani said the debate was about “people who renounce their legal and moral obligations.”

“This government has legal and moral obligations to respond to the Uighur court verdict and the evidence submitted prior to it. By using expensive government lawyers to stop action, we neglect this obligation. I have to stop. It’s really criticized for doing so, “the parliamentarian insisted.

“Obligation to act” has been “caused for a long time,” Gani said. “There is no plausible reason for the government to ignore the conclusions of the court. Doing so argues and evidences in questionable legality. Is to ignore the moral and legal obligations to act. “

Parliamentarians from the entire political spectrum joined the debate and urged the government to take action. The MP also mentioned the repression of the Chinese government against Christians and Falun Gong and the invasion of India, Taiwan, and the South China Sea.

By supporting the crab motion, the House of Commons took note of the Uighur court’s ruling and told the government “urgently assessing whether it considers genocide to be a serious risk in the Uighur region” and the results. We request that you submit it to Congress within two months.

The government is also reasonably available to ensure an ongoing outage of genocide, including conducting due diligence to support, support, bet, or otherwise disallow the continuation of genocide. Use all means. “

The motion further pressures the government to fulfill other obligations under the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of Genocide, and Blacklisted British companies selling slave products in the UK prevent forced labor products from entering. Sanctions the perpetrators of this genocide, including the UK value chain, and former Communist Party chief Chen Quanguo of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Chen was licensed by the United States as the Communist Party Secretary of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Members of the Politburo have been replaced from his post in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, according to a report from the Xinhua News Agency, a mouthpiece of Chinese authorities.

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Workers will walk by a border fence officially known as the Vocational Skills Education Center in Dabancheng, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China, on September 4, 2018. (Thomas Peter / Reuters)

Amanda Milling, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Asia, welcomed the contribution of the Uighur Court “in building an international awareness and understanding of human rights abuses in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.”

She said the court’s findings were “disastrous” and that the study funded by the British government “revealed more and deeper and disturbing details.”

The minister argued that “the UK’s long-standing policy of successive British governments is that the decision of genocide is a matter of the court of competent jurisdiction,” and said it was “in line” with the UK’s legal obligations under the Genocide Convention. “It does not undermine our commitment. To prevent and punish genocide.”

But she said the policy “has not and will not hinder the government.” [from] Take strong action against human rights abuses in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region through a wide range of channels and international partnerships. “

“We will work with partners, including Uighurs, to detain China to explain the horrific behavior in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region,” Milling said.

The Minister, along with Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Foreign Minister Liz Truss, said, “We have raised a very serious situation in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region with our counterparts.”

“In March, the UK imposed an asset freeze and travel ban on senior Chinese actors responsible for implementing China’s oppressive policies.”

Regarding further sanctions, Mr Milling said the government did not speculate on future sanctions, but scrutinized all the evidence.

She has taken steps to “help British organizations not benefit from or contribute to human rights abuses against Uighurs,” and is currently planning to introduce a corporate blacklist. No, but he added, “I promise to work.” The Uighur issue aims to force labor and take strong action in the UK supply chain. “

Several Western governments, including the United States and the Netherlands, have stated that the Chinese government is slaughtering Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Currently, more than one million Uighurs are detained in camps and are known to have been ill-treated, including forced sterilization, abortion, rape, torture, forced labor, and the removal of children from their families. I am.

The Chinese government denied abuse in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and claimed that the camp was a “vocational training center.”

Frank Fang and PA contributed to this report.

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Lily Zhou is a freelance writer who mainly covers the British news of The Epoch Times.