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| 29 May 2022, Sunday |

French parliament officially denounces China’s ‘genocide’ against Uyghur Muslims

On Thursday, the lower house of France’s parliament passed a motion condemning China’s “genocide” against the Uyghur population, a minority Muslim community in the Xinjiang province.

The non-binding resolution, introduced by the opposition Socialists but supported by President Emmanuel Macron’s Republic on the Move party, was passed almost overwhelmingly only days before the opening of the Beijing Winter Olympics.

It states that the National Assembly “formally acknowledges the People’s Republic of China’s brutality against the Uyghurs as crimes against humanity and genocide.”

It also urges the French government to take “the required steps within the international community and in its foreign policy against the People’s Republic of China” to put an end to Beijing’s conduct.

“China is a tremendous power.” We adore the Chinese people. But we will not succumb to lies from a dictatorship that is counting on our fear and avarice to carry out a genocide in plain sight,” stated Socialist Party leader Olivier Faure.

He presented to parliament evidence from Uyghur survivors who described circumstances within detention camps where men and women were unable to lie down in cages, were subjected to rape and torture, and were forced to undergo organ transplants.

China denies genocide in Xinjiang and has accused Uyghurs who have testified about the situation in Xinjiang of perjury.

It also urges the French government to take “the required steps within the international community and in its foreign policy against the People’s Republic of China” to put an end to Beijing’s conduct.

“China is a tremendous power.” We adore the Chinese people. But we will not succumb to lies from a dictatorship that is counting on our fear and avarice to carry out a genocide in plain sight,” stated Socialist Party leader Olivier Faure.

He presented to parliament evidence from Uyghur survivors who described circumstances within detention camps where men and women were unable to lie down in cages, were subjected to rape and torture, and were forced to undergo organ transplants.

China denies genocide in Xinjiang and has accused Uyghurs who have testified about the situation in Xinjiang of perjury.

The UN High Commission for Human Rights has repeatedly requested that Beijing send an investigator to the region.

The US has imposed penalties on a rising number of Chinese leaders and businesses over their treatment of Uyghurs, as well as a diplomatic boycott of the forthcoming Winter Olympics.

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  • AFP