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Rebiya Kadeer- I thank the Canadian Parliament for Calling It What It Is, Genocide

Tue, 11/03/2020 - 20:51 -- Kanat



Canadian Parliament’s subcommittee on International Human Rights has labeled the Chinese abuses in East Turkestan (so-called Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region) as genocide. This is a just term to use for an inhumane crisis that is continuing in the 21st century. Even though this decision is not going to directly put an end to the Uyghur tragedy, it is the first right designation by a parliament of a government given the severe nature of the situation. This decision is not just a glimpse of hope or a constellation for the Uyghurs and the 3 million people who are suffering in the concentration camps, it is also a signal to the Chinese government to let them know they are committing an atrocity. On behalf of the Uyghurs, I thank the parliament and the members who played a significant role in the decision-making process.

The Chinese government has shown that it is a mafia government to the Canadian people when they arrested a Canadian citizen, Huseyin Jelil, in Uzbekistan. Mr. Jelil is still in prison leaving his family in Canada without a father. This shows the amount of respect that the Chinese government has for the Canadian people and the Canadian government. The International Human Rights committee’s decision is rightfully an answer to the Chinese government’s action against Canadian citizens. More importantly, this has become a worthy example to those countries who are hesitant to criticize China due to their financial ties, despite the satellite footage has shown more than 300 concentration camps, leaked internal government of the Chinese government, and hundreds of testimonies proving that this is genocide. The Canadian parliament’s stance can not only play a role in changing the dark fate of the Uyghur people but also will be crucial to prevent the Chinese aggression and the potential disaster that they could bring. Again, I would like to express my gratitude to the Canadian Parliament’s International Human Rights subcommittee, the first in the world to do so, for designating this crime against humanity as “genocide.”

Uyghur National Movement Leader
Rebiya Kadeer