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Canadian Parliament passes motion stating treatment of Uighurs as genocide

  • The Canadian Parliament on Monday passed a non-binding motion stating that the treatment of the Uighur Muslim community in the Xinjiang region of China constitutes genocide.

  • This is an attempt to put pressure on the Liberal government led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to follow suit. Although PM Trudeau and his cabinet abstained from the vote, the motion received support from other Liberals as well and passed with a majority of 266-0.

  • The motion was also amended to include a clause regarding giving a call to the International Olympic Committee to move the 2022 Olympics from Beijing, if such treatment towards the community continues.

  • Cong Peiwu, Chinese ambassador to Ottawa in response stated that "Western countries have no right to comment on what the human rights situation looks like in China. There is no such prevailing genocide like situation in the country."


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