British parliament on Friday condemned for the first time the treatment of Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang province as “crimes against humanity and genocide,” reports BBC News.
The motion, approved by a majority in parliament, does not force the UK to take action against China, but it is a strong signal of growing discontent with the Chinese government, said BBC News.
The country follows Canada and the United States, among others, which have previously condemned the treatment of Uyghurs.
Also a majority of the House of Representatives find that China is committing genocide against the Uyghurs. However, the outgoing cabinet does not want to talk about genocide yet. According to outgoing Minister Stef Blok (Foreign Affairs), this requires a decision from an international tribunal or the UN.
China is pursuing a strategy of mass repression against the Uyghurs, an Islamic minority. An estimated one million Uyghurs are “re-educated” in detention centers which human rights organizations say are more like concentration camps. There, Uyghur women are, among other things, forcibly sterilized, according to witnesses.