(Ottawa) The government “takes very seriously the allegations of genocide” of the Muslim Uyghur minority in Xinjiang, China, but is not yet ready to officially recognize it, pleaded Wednesday Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
Since the beginning of the week, in the House of Commons, several elected members of the Conservative Party have been chasing the Liberal government, urging it to take a formal stand, as the media continue to document the situation in eastern China.
They stepped up the pressure on Wednesday, International Day in Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust.
“Independent investigations have already been carried out. They are based on testimonials from survivors, satellite images and data leaks from the Chinese government. The evidence is clear […], the government should believe them ”, hammered the elected Albertan Garnett Genuis.
“Why is the Prime Minister still sitting on the fence and refusing to answer questions and acknowledge this genocide? “, He launched.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau countered that Ottawa takes “the allegations of genocide extremely seriously”, and that is why “we are following the right processes to establish our point of view and our official position. on this subject “.
The Canadian government is working in partnership with the United States and other partners with the objective of “moving forward in a concerted manner”, he added, saying it understood “the will to act quickly on this point ”.
Last October, the House of Commons subcommittee on international human rights concluded that genocide existed.
“In light of the testimonies it gathered during its hearings in 2018 and 2020, the subcommittee is convinced that the actions of the Chinese Communist Party constitute genocide under the terms of the Genocide Convention ”, we read in his report.
The observation had provoked the fury of Beijing.
“These baseless statements are full of lies and misinformation […] and it reflects the ignorance and prejudice of these Canadians. China deplores and strongly rejects this, ”stormed the spokesman of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Zhao Lijian.
Canada’s Foreign Minister Marc Garneau said earlier this week that “the growing evidence of a systematic crackdown cannot be ignored.”
He argued that Ottawa intends to continue pressing “for an investigation to be carried out by an independent international body so that impartial experts can observe the situation directly.”