Lawmakers in Belgium’s Chamber of Representatives have submitted a resolution urging their government to designate abuses in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in northwest China as genocide. It was reported by Radio Free Asia.
The proposal prompted an immediate reaction from Beijing, demanding the resolution be tabled.
Samuel Cogolati and Wouter de Vriendt, both members of the Ecolo-Groen grouping, put forth the proposal based on mounting evidence of China’s policies of mass sterilization and forced abortions that they called part of “a coercive birth repression campaign,” as well as the transfer of large numbers of children whose parents are detained in the region’s internment camps into state orphanages.
Authorities in the XUAR are believed to have held up to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in a vast camp network as part of a campaign of mass extralegal incarceration since early 2017.
Chinese officials have said the camps are centers for “vocational training,” but reports fom media outlets show that detainees are mostly held against their will in cramped and unsanitary conditions, where they are forced to endure inhumane treatment and political indoctrination.
The resolution, which was co-written with representatives of the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress (WUC) exile group, also calls for Belgium to introduce mandatory due diligence legislation to address concerns over forced labor in the XUAR and will be debated “in coming months.”
As we reported earlier, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky urged Israel to admit Holodomor as genocide of Ukrainians.
“I appealed to Israeli side with the urge to admit Holodomor as genocide of the Ukrainian people,” Zelensky said.