Following a unanimous vote, the Canadian Parliament became the second country to declare that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is committing genocide against the millions of people who make up the Uighur Muslim ethnic group residing in China. The first was the United States. 

“I have looked at all the evidence and there is no doubt in my mind that there are, in fact, mass atrocities that are constitutive of acts of genocide under the [U.N.] Genocide Convention,” said Irwin Cotler, a former Liberal justice minister and a leading human rights voice in Canada, according to The Globe and Mail.

Cotler considered as violating the convention the forced sterilizations and abortions, in addition to the concentration of more than 1 million Uighurs in “concentration camps” solely on the basis of their race and religious belief.

“This constitutes the largest detention of a minority since the Holocaust … and there are witnesses testifying about forced slavery, torture, mass rapes, disappearances, and killings,” he added.

Also, the absence of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and most of his Cabinet members from the vote was considered shameful, according to The Washington Free Beacon on Feb. 23. 

“While I am heartened to see our friends in Canada vote to declare that genocide is occurring in Xinjiang and open the door to move the Olympics, it is absolutely disgraceful that Prime Minister Trudeau and his cabinet abstained from voting,” said Rep. Michael Waltz (R-Fla.).

In addition to the recognition of the genocide, Canada’s four main political parties considered it appropriate to sanction CCP officials, and to ensure that the 2022 Winter Olympics would not be held in Beijing, as planned. 

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.”

The Uighurs are just one of the ethnic groups persecuted by the CCP. It also commits human rights violations against other religions such as the ancient spiritual discipline Falun Dafa, also known as Falun Gong. 

Not only do they unjustly imprison its practitioners, but they also subject them to the forced removal of their vital organs in order to market them with impunity, as has been proven by several studies and organizations

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