World Uyghur Congress, 23 October 2020
Canadian Parliamentary Committee Labels Uyghur Crisis a “Genocide”
On 21 October, the Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development (the Subcommittee) in the Canadian Parliament has designated atrocities by the Chinese government against the Uyghur people in East Turkistan to be a genocide in line with the UN Genocide Convention. The Subcommittee came to this important conclusion after holding a three-day hearing, considering relevant reports and hearing the testimony of witnesses to the crisis. The Subcommittee called for a number of concrete action to address the genocide, including levying targeted sanctions on culpable Chinese government officials, provide support for the Canadian Uyghur community and Uyghur refugees, to work within international forums and institutions to push for the recognition of the crisis as a genocide, and measures to ensure that Canadian companies are not complicit in Uyghur forced labour.