Canada should step up private backing for advocates to flee China: Tories

The Conservative Party’s refugee program needs to better support victims of the Chinese Communist Party’s administration abroad, especially human rights defenders and private sponsors supporting refugees at imminent risk of persecution. Garnet Genuis said.

In particular, Canada should not limit the number of private sponsors who want to help refugees, Genuis said at a press conference on August 23.

“Currently, private sponsor caps indicate that above certain thresholds do not allow individuals or groups to sponsor refugees. Even if they come up with money, they do it. Even if we take care of it, “said Genuis, a former shadow minister of international development and human rights.

“What we say is not to limit the generosity of Canadians, but to support and promote them.”

He acknowledged that it is impossible for Canada to accept all vulnerable refugees in need, but said the system should not stop Canadians who want to provide assistance.

When Genuis was asked how to help victims of human rights abuses in China, including Hong Kong democratic activists, Uighur Muslims, and supporters of spiritual practice Falun Gong, if the Conservative Party is elected. I commented on.

He said: Conservative Platform There is a section dedicated to addressing the issue of “confronting China’s invasion of the state.” It uses the Magnitsky Act of Canada to sanction China’s worst human rights infringers, including Tibetans, Falun Gong practitioners, Hong Kong democracy activists, and a minority of “freedom supporters and persecuted” in mainland China. Includes giving asylum to the “sect.”

Genuis said Canada should do more to support young democracy activists and human rights defenders in Hong Kong after Beijing’s National Security Act was passed in July 2020. ..

“NS [federal] Government made Presentation, But frankly, that wasn’t enough. It was essentially an opportunity to apply as an economic refugee from Hong Kong, but did not recognize any particular vulnerabilities or do anything to specifically help human rights defenders, “Genuis said. I am.

Fleetwood Port Kells Conservative candidate Dave Hayer, who also attended the press conference, said from many Canadians from Asia who are worried about the situation in Hong Kong, which is “basically without rights or freedoms.” He said he heard.

“I visited Hong Kong many times before 1997 and before China bought Hong Kong. People said: [they’re] I am happy to do business here. But now, when I talk to them, they said that if you oppose the government, even the national anthem, if you say a few lines wrong, they can put you in jail. ” Said Hayers.

“We have to blame human rights [abuses] In China or Hong Kong … as many people have families here [in Canada].. Allowing families to personally sponsor programs for friends and relatives will make it easier for them to adapt here and succeed here, “he said.

Genuis said the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), including the Uighur minority group, where Canada was able to escape China for other countries but is at risk due to the influence of the Chinese administration on other countries. The sovereign government said it could also play a role in supporting other victims.

“Unfortunately, these minority communities can be subject to abuse by the governments of countries seeking evacuation as a result of pressure from the Chinese government,” he said.

Genuis has also voiced criticism of the Chinese Communist Party’s persecution of Falun Gong practitioners, criminalizing Canadians traveling abroad for Falun Gong, a bill to counter Falun Gong practitioners’ forced removal of organs in China. Supports bill S-204. Receive organs collected without consent.

Andrew Chen

Andrew is a Toronto-based reporter.

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