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The Dutch parliament passed a non-binding motion Thursday (Feb. 25) saying that China’s treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority amounts to genocide. The Netherlands was the first European country to make such a statement.
“Genocide against the Uighur minority is taking place in China,” the motion said. The motion does not directly suggest that the CCP government is responsible.
The motion in the Dutch parliament says that practices such as “measures aimed at preventing childbirth” and “the establishment of punishment camps” fall under U.N. Resolution 260, commonly known as the Genocide Convention.
Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s conservative party voted against it. The resolution does not recommend any specific action by the Cabinet.
A Dutch government spokesman said it would respond to the motion later Thursday.
Canada’s federal House of Commons on Tuesday also passed a motion introduced by the opposition Conservatives that found CCP had committed genocide against the Uighurs in Xinjiang. The motion also asks the Canadian federal government to call on the international community to “change the host city for the 2022 Winter Olympics from Beijing to another city”.
A spokesman for the CCP Embassy in Canada issued a statement after the motion was passed by the Canadian Parliament, saying, “This is a gross interference in China’s internal affairs …… We severely condemn this shameful act.”
The Trump administration made a last-minute determination that China’s repression in Xinjiang constituted genocide. Thomas Greenfield, President Biden’s new permanent representative to the United Nations, said last month during her nomination confirmation hearing that the State Department is evaluating the needle determination to ensure that the decision is upheld. The new Secretary of State Blinken echoed the characterization of genocide made by the previous administration.