Canadian lawmakers call for expanded immigration program for Uyghurs facing persecution in China

Lawmakers unanimously support a report calling on the federal government to expand existing immigration measures to accommodate Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims fleeing the Chinese Communist regime’s crackdown. voted unanimously.

motionThe bill, proposed by Conservative MP Garnet Jeanus, was adopted on 25 October. Recent reports The House Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration called on the government to provide safe havens for China’s Uyghurs who are being targeted in an “ongoing genocide.”

The report also noted that many victims who fled to third countries “continue to be detained and at risk of being forcibly returned to China, putting them at serious risk of arbitrary detention, torture and other atrocities.” We are facing it,” he said.

To provide relief to these victims, the Commission asked Ottawa to expand its biometric collection capacity in third countries, issue temporary residence permits, and issue one-way travel documents to those without identification. We urge existing special immigration measures to be extended to Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims. passport.

The Commission also asked the government to allow Uyghur refugees from third countries at risk of deportation to China to seek refuge in Canada, the first to be designated as refugees by the UN High Commissioner. requested that the requirement be waived. for refugees.

The government was given 30 days to provide a comprehensive response to the commission.

Genuis, the shadow minister for international development, criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet for abstaining from the vote.

International Trade Minister Mary Ng initially cut ties with Republicans and voted in favor of the report, but a spokesperson for her office later said the minister made a mistake and intended to abstain. The Globe and Mail reporter Stephen Chase in a twitter post.

The Liberal Cabinet also abstained when lawmakers were voting similar movement February 2021, when the House of Commons for the first time recognized Beijing’s abuses of Uyghurs and other Turkic minorities as genocide.

Call for Acceptance of 10,000 Refugees

The House of Representatives is debating another motion this week on providing humanitarian aid to Uyghurs facing genocide by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

motion, M-62was introduced by liberal MP Samir Zuberi, who called on Ottawa to use the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Service of Canada (IRCC). Refugee and humanitarian resettlement programs Facilitate the immigration of 10,000 Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims to Canada over two years from 2024.

M-62 called on the government to recognize that “Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims who have fled to third countries are under pressure and intimidation by the Chinese government to return to China.” Arbitrary separation of children from parents, forced sterilization, forced labor and torture.

“The international community said in 2005 that international crimes of this kind must be prevented. If we do, we have a responsibility to protect it,” Zuberi said during a debate in the House of Commons. October 26th.

“When we see genocide occurring, or threatened with genocide, as a family of humanity, as a collective nation, and as Canada, we have a responsibility to protect.”

On October 26, more than 160 Uyghur Canadians, wearing T-shirts that read “We Were Refugees Once”, registered in the House of Representatives’ Visitors’ Gallery to watch the Congressional debate on M-62. Did. Mehmet Tohti saidExecutive Director of the rights group Uyghur Rights Advocacy Project (URAP).

“The parliamentary action is bringing hope to thousands of Uyghur refugees stranded in third countries and living in fear of deportation to the CCP,” URAP said. Twitter statement.

There have been other similar calls for Uyghur refugees to open their doors.

In 2019, the Commons Subcommittee on Human Rights report The IRCC will use its existing refugee program to create an exceptional program to facilitate immigration to accommodate Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims, especially human rights defenders, who need protection from the CCP’s crackdown. We recommend creating a flow. The report also said the Canadian Border Services Agency should suspend transfers of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims to China and other provinces at risk of deportation.

Andrew Chen


Andrew Chen is a reporter for the Epoch Times based in Toronto.