France calls China's treatment of Uighurs genocide | thecapitaldebates

According to AFP news agency, the French resolution came on Thursday at a time when there are two weeks left in the Winter Olympics in Beijing and it is feared that the relations between the two countries will deteriorate. There were 169 votes in favor of the non-binding resolution and only one against.

France calls China's treatment of Uighurs genocide | thecapitaldebates
France calls China's treatment of Uighurs genocide | thecapitaldebates

The resolution was proposed by the opposition Socialists in the lower house, but was also supported by President Emmanuel Mekhwan's Republican on the Move political party. 

It states that the National Assembly "formally recognizes the violence perpetrated by the People's Republic of China against the Uyghurs as a crime against humanity and genocide."

The resolution also called on the French government to "take the necessary steps in its foreign policy for the international community and for the People's Republic of China" to protect the minority group in the Xinjiang region.

"China is a great power," said Olivier Foyer of the Socialist Party. We love Chinese people. However, we refuse to bow to the propaganda of a political government.

He told parliament the stories of Uighur people who had told of conditions inside concentration camps where men and women were unable to lie in their cells and where they had been sexually abused. He also described the forced transplantation of Uyghur organs.

A similar resolution was passed in the UK in April last year, which was condemned by China.

In February 2021, the parliaments of the Netherlands and Canada declared China's treatment of Uighurs a "genocide," as did the US government under former President Donald Trump.

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