World News: The Dutch Parliament on Friday had moved a non-binding resolution on China’s treatment of its Uighurs population. This makes The Netherlands and its legislature, the first country in Europe to out rightly label China’s actions in Xinjiang province as “genocide”.
The non-binding motion was started by the centre-left political party D-66 (Democrats-66), its legislator Sjoerd Sjoerdsma. Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his party VVD did not vote in favour of the motion.
Xinjiang, a province in the north west China is home to a large population of ethnic Muslims known as Uighurs. The Uighur population has been subjected to concentration camps, re-education, rehabilitations, indoctrinations and none the less undisclosed tortures allegedly to prevent the Muslims from indulging in Radical Islam movements.
Many countries, its leaders and many journalists have been keenly reporting and condemned on the human rights violations done in Xinjiang, against the Uighur Muslim population by the Chinese government. But the condemnations remained only verbally and no legal actions were taken till now. The Netherlands is the first country to pass a resolution.
Canada passed similar motion on Monday:
To be more precise here, The Netherlands is the second in World and first in Europe to pass a non-binding resolution. Canada earlier this week on Monday passed a resolution similarly to boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics if the treatment of Uighurs continued in Xinjiang, China. The
House of Commons passed a resolution and voted 266-0.
Canada’s Prime Minister Trudeau and his ministers were hesitant to vote. The Conservative Party in Canada had been consistently pressurizing the current government in Canada to go hard on China.
Condemnations and Refusals:
The Chinese Embassy in Amsterdam has issued severe condemnations against this resolution and warned this might thaw the relations between The Netherlands and China. Foreign Minister Stefan Blok said the Dutch government did not vote for the resolution, but recognises that there are
large scale human rights violations going on in Xinjiang.
The Chinese Ambassador called the claims of genocide in Xinjiang as outright lies. He says that Western powers are trying to interfere in the internal politics in Xinjiang. He also said that Xinjiang’s issues are not about genocide, but about combating violent terrorism and extremism.
The Chinese Ambassador also denied claims of population decline of Uighur Muslims, saying that their populations are only going up dare to improving living standards there. While a report by the Hong Kong Free Press says that populations have gone down by 2/3rd in Xinjiang, the ambassador denies this completely.