Japanese parliament passes Uighur resolution, but avoids Chinese naming


Japanese parliament passed a resolution on Tuesday, expressing concern over alleged human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region prior to the Beijing Winter Olympics on Friday, and remained cautious about criticizing China.

The resolution was passed in the House of Representatives with the approval of the ruling Liberal Party and some opposition parties. [Reuters]

He expressed concern about the violation of human rights and religious freedom in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Tibet and Hong Kong, and called on the Government of Japan to work with the international community to resolve issues and implement comprehensive remedies.

“Human rights are of universal value and are a legitimate concern for the international community, so human rights issues cannot be limited to domestic issues,” the resolution said.

“The Chamber of Commerce recognizes the change in power to the status quo, symbolized by the serious human rights situation, as a threat to the international community.”

However, since the resolution does not directly refer to “China,” Japan seems to avoid directly blaming China’s regime.

We also avoided using the phrase “human rights violations” and chose the phrase “human rights status” instead. This may recognize a close bilateral economic relationship between the two countries.

Japan had previously stated that it would not send a government delegation to the convention in protest of China’s human rights situation, but Tokyo withheld calling this decision a diplomatic boycott of the convention.

On Monday, lawmakers from 20 countries requested the United Nations Human Rights Department to publish a long-awaited report on Beijing’s human rights abuses in the New River by February 4, the same time as the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics.

The group pointed out that in doing so, it would send a clear message that no government has exceeded scrutiny or international law.

In addition, 243 non-governmental organizations around the world, including the Uighur Human Rights Project and the World Uyghur Congress, have issued a joint statement calling on more countries to boycott the Beijing Winter Olympics.

“The sight of the Olympics cannot mask the genocide,” said Omer Kanat, secretary general of the Uyghur Human Rights Project. “It’s hard to understand why everyone feels it’s even possible to celebrate international friendships and’Olympic values’ in Beijing this year. “

Several Western countries, especially the United States, have announced diplomatic boycotts for the Winter Olympics in protest of the Chinese administration’s “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.”

More than one million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities have been detained in camps in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, where they have been abused, including forced sterilization, forced abortion, rape, torture, forced labor, and the removal of children from their families. It is reported that it has been received.

Frank Fang and Reuters contributed to this report.

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Aldgra Fredly is a Malaysia-based freelance writer featuring the Epoch Times Asia Pacific News.