The British Parliament unanimously condemned as “genocide and crimes against humanity” the countless atrocities committed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) against millions of Uighurs in pursuit of their extinction.
It thus joins the growing number of countries that are becoming aware of the importance of denouncing the violations committed by the CCP against the human rights of the Chinese population, especially against ethnic minorities and believers of all religions and faiths, announced Bitter Winter on April 23.
Thus, the United Kingdom joins lawmakers from the United States, the Netherlands, and Canada who had already labeled as genocide the criminal manipulations against those who want to exercise their freedom of conscience and worship, prohibited and persecuted by the CCP.
In their verification process, the deputies considered as proven the five determining factors of genocide established in the Genocide Convention, which is perpetrated in the Xinjiang region.
For its part, the government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson has again avoided declaring genocide in the face of the same facts, despite the numerous pieces of evidence, claiming that this verdict is the responsibility of a court of law.
Although the government has sanctioned some Chinese officials and tried to prevent trade in products produced by Uighur forced labor, many lawmakers want ministers to go further.
Among other more effective measures, they would like to see international bodies activated to free the Uighur nation and the many practitioners of the ancient spiritual discipline Falun Dafa or Falun Gong, based on the universal principles of Truth, Compassion, Tolerance, from the heavy and unjust yoke.
Meanwhile, the CCP insists that the destruction of the Uighur nation is a lie, trying to mislead public opinion uselessly.
Several million people, mostly Uyghurs, have been held for years in purpose-built internment camps, without trial or legal representation, for indeterminate periods, and exploited as forced labor slaves.
“Many have died in the camps, countless numbers following their release and hundreds have disappeared altogether. Mass sterilizations, torture, removal of children to orphanages, attempts to eradicate Uyghur religion, culture and language are well documented,” Bitter Winter recounts.
MP Yasmin Qureshi noted, “today’s vote must mark a turning point. No one can continue to deny the extent of the abuses taking place in the Xinjiang region.”
She added: “That this government is pursuing deeper trade ties with China while these abuses continue is unthinkable,” claiming that forceful action should be taken to end the ongoing genocide.
For his part, then U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was the first to declare on Jan. 19 that the CCP was perpetrating a systemic, organized genocide to reduce the Muslim population.
A month later, following a unanimous vote, Canada’s Parliament became the second country to declare that the CCP is committing genocide against the millions of people who make up the Uighur Muslim ethnic group residing in China.
“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.
A few days later, they were joined by the Dutch Parliament in passing another statement to the same effect.