Wednesday, May 18

Uyghurs: recognition of the genocide on the program of the National Assembly

For the first time in France, the deputies are called upon to take a position on the fate reserved for the Uyghurs. This Thursday, January 20, the National Assembly must vote on a draft resolution condemning the “crimes against humanity” committed by China against this predominantly Muslim people.

Supported by the Socialists and Allies group, the text deals with “recognition and condemnation of the genocidal nature of systematic violence and crimes against humanity […] perpetrated by the People’s Republic of China against the Uyghurs”.

Asked by Release, the rapporteur of the text and elected from the 4th constituency of Gironde, Alain David, asks “the French government to take a clear position”. “We cannot leave people in the camps and suffering. We are talking about crimes against humanity, genocide all the same”.

Insisting on the urgency of the situation, this draft resolution aims for the French authorities to adopt “the necessary measures with the international community and in its foreign policy towards the People’s Republic of China to put an end to these crimes “. The objective is also to commit to “protecting Uyghur nationals on French soil”, preserving them from “any intimidation or harassment on the part of” Beijing.

For Alain David, the main difficulty lies in the fact that “the Elysée and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs do not want to offend the Chinese partner”. Claiming to be “aware of the importance of trade between China and France”, the defenders of the text nevertheless plead for a “partnership […] in full transparency”, without being “naive”.

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Forced sterilizations and abortions

As proof, they cite the removal of the uterus, abortions and the fitting of IUDs imposed by the Chinese state on women from this Muslim minority. So many “birth prevention measures intended to destroy a significant part of the Uighurs in Xinjiang”.

Described as a “political farce” by Beijing, the “Uyghur Tribunal” also held China responsible for “crimes against humanity”, “beyond reasonable doubt”. He denounces “imprisonments, acts of torture, rape, sexual violence, forced sterilizations and other inhuman acts”. Not to mention that, according to human rights organizations, at least a million Uyghurs and members of other Turkish-speaking minorities are incarcerated in camps. China is accused of imposing forced labor there.

The British, Dutch and Canadian parliaments, as well as the American government, have already taken a stand on this subject, denouncing with one voice the “crimes against humanity” and the “genocide” perpetrated against the Uyghur people. Belgium, Germany, Lithuania and New Zealand have taken similar steps and the debate has even been brought to the level of the European Parliament.

Today, the bearers of this resolution want France to do its part. LREM MP Elisabeth Toutut-Picard has already indicated that her group will vote for this text, as will Aurélien Taché, for the Ecologie Démocratie Solidarité group. The debates on this subject are not over since a second resolution, also calling for the recognition of the Uyghur genocide, must be examined on February 4, the opening day of the Beijing Winter Olympics…

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