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”.
It is time to recognize and condemn the systemic violence perpetrated against Uyghurs.
It’s time to put an end to this #GenocideOuïghour
— Socialist and related deputies (@socialistesAN) January 19, 2022
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”.