Non-binding movement comes amid growing strain on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to take more durable line in opposition to China.
Canada’s parliament has handed a non-binding movement that claims China’s remedy of its Muslim Uighur minority constitutes genocide, heaping strain on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s authorities to do the identical.
The movement, sponsored by the opposition Conservative Occasion, handed by a vote of 266-0 within the Home of Commons on Monday, although Trudeau and almost his whole cupboard abstained.
The measure was additionally amended simply earlier than the vote to name on the Worldwide Olympic Committee to maneuver the 2022 Winter Olympics from Beijing if the remedy continues.
“Multiple million Uighurs and different Turkic Muslims are or have been in camps. The testimonies we’ve heard from witnesses and survivors [have] been horrifying,” Conservative Occasion chief Erin O’Toole informed reporters after the vote.
“There’s actual struggling occurring in China. There’s a genocide occurring and Canadians, whereas we’re free merchants and I’m very proud to be a free-market celebration, our values are usually not on the market,” he mentioned, when requested about potential financial impacts of the movement.
Human rights advocates and United Nations consultants have mentioned that at the least a million Muslims are imprisoned in camps in China’s distant western area of Xinjiang.
China has denied abuses and has mentioned its camps present vocational coaching and are wanted to combat extremism.
Cong Peiwu, Chinese language ambassador to Canada, rejected the Conservative Occasion’s movement and mentioned “there is no such thing as a so-called ‘genocide’ in Xinjiang in any respect.”
“A number of individuals in Canada and another western international locations are speaking about upholding values, however one necessary a part of the values ought to be: respect details and cease spreading disinformation and even lies,” Cong mentioned in a press release posted on the Chinese language embassy’s web site on Saturday.
The ambassador additionally urged Canada to “cease interfering in China’s inside affairs by any means, in order to not trigger additional damages to China-Canada relations”.
However Trudeau is underneath strain domestically to take a more durable stance in opposition to China.
Relations between Ottawa and Beijing deteriorated in December 2018 when Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, an government with Chinese language telecommunications large Huawei, on an extradition request by america, the place she is needed on fraud costs.
China arrested two Canadians – former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor – quickly thereafter and accused the pair of spying.
Canada, the US and 56 different international locations this month endorsed a declaration condemning the political detention of overseas nationals around the globe.
The administration of former US President Donald Trump, on its final full day in workplace, said China had dedicated “genocide and crimes in opposition to humanity” in opposition to the Uighurs in Xinjiang.
Final month, the UK accused China of human rights violations amounting to “horrific barbarism” in opposition to the Uighurs.