The Dutch Parliament approved the declaration that Chinese Communist Party’s treatment of Uighur Muslims is genocide. It thus became the first European country to join the United States and Canada, which had already expressed solidarity with this ethnic and religious minority.
For the Dutch legislators, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is committing “genocide against the Uighur minority,” as evidenced by “measures aimed at preventing births” and the presence of concentration camps, according to the Daily Caller of Feb. 25.
They also found legal basis in UN Resolution 260 on genocide, noting the atrocities being committed against the millions of Uighurs living in the Xinjiang region.
The party of Prime Minister Mark Rutte did not agree with the measure. Foreign Affairs Minister Stef Blok explained it by saying that neither the U.N. nor an international court had qualified it in this way.
“It’s about terrible abuses against the Uighur Muslim minority. We should not mince our words and call it genocide,” Dutch political party D66 MP Sjoerd Wiemer Sjoerdsma said, according to NOS NIEUWS.
In Canada, a similar situation arose with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and most of his Cabinet members also refusing to approve the Canadian lawmakers’ motion in favor of the Uighurs.
However, Irwin Cotler, a former Liberal justice minister and a leading human rights voice in Canada, compared the persecution of Uighurs to the Holocaust suffered by Jews, according to The Globe and Mail.
“This constitutes the largest detention of a minority since the Holocaust … and you have witnesses testifying about forced enslavement, torture, mass rape, disappearances, murder,” Cotler emphasized.
Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially declared on Jan. 19 that the CCP is perpetrating “genocide” against the Uighur minority.
Pompeo said in the statement, “After careful review of the available facts, I have determined that the People’s Republic of China, under the direction and control of the CCP, has committed genocide against the predominantly Muslim Uighurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang.”
While President Joe Biden upheld the State Department’s labeling of the CCP as genocidal, he said that the abuses committed against the Uighur minority are just part of cultural behavior in China.