Netherlands Becomes The First European Country to Announce Genocide Designation; Follows US and Canada
Netherlands Labels China's Actions Against Uyghur Muslims As Genocide
WASHINGTON: February 25, 2021 - The Netherlands’ parliament on Thursday passed a non-binding motion saying the treatment of the Uyghur Muslims in China amounts to genocide.
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According to Reuters, the Netherlands is the first European country to make such a statement.
"We thank the Dutch Parliament for officially recognizing China’s atrocities against Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples in East Turkistan as genocide," said Salih Hudayar, Prime Minister of the East Turkistan Government in Exile, the democratically elected official body representing East Turkistan and its people.
Canada recently became the second country in the world to describe China’s treatment of its Uyghur population as genocide, following a contentious parliamentary vote which is likely to further raise diplomatic tensions between the two nations, reports The Guardian.
"We urge all countries across the world, especially democratic nations, to follow suit and recognize China's genocide in Occupied East Turkistan," said Mr. Hudayar
The Dutch motion said that the Chinese government's actions, such as “measures intended to prevent births” and “having punishment camps,” fell under United Nations Resolution 260, generally known as the genocide convention.
The East Turkistan Government in Exile strongly encourages the international community to support our ongoing case against China at the International Criminal Court and pressure the International Olympics Committee to relocate the upcoming Winter 2022 Olympics from China to another country not engaged in genocide.
Note: East Turkistan was renamed Xinjiang after China's Occupation in 1949.