The UK became the fourth country to recognize the Uyghur genocide. All responses
By Abliz Poskam, Voice of Uyghur
April 22, 2021
The U.K. Parliament unanimously voted to declare China’s atrocities on Uyghur people in the Uyghur region a genocide, marking the fourth country to recognize the genocide made by the Chinese government.
Nus Ghani: The work does not stop here:
Nus Ghani, a member of Parliament, said in a statement released by the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China:
“Today Parliament has spoken with one voice and called out the Chinese Communist Party’s brutal oppression of Uyghurs for what it is: a genocide. The work does not stop here. We have a solemn obligation under the Genocide Convention to act to prevent further atrocities from taking place. History will not judge us kindly if we fail to do so,”
“We cannot continue business as usual with China while these atrocities continue. The government must now act urgently to ensure our supply chains are not tainted by goods made with Uyghur forced labor.”
Yasmin Qureshi: No one can still deny the scale of the abuses:
“Today’s vote must mark a turning point. No one can still deny the scale of the abuses taking place in the Xinjiang region,” "That this government is pursuing deeper trade ties with China while these abuses continue is unthinkable.”
U.S Senators Commended the move:
The chair of the US Senate foreign relations committee, Bob Menendez, said the UK parliament had “shone a light on the egregious abuses the Chinese state commits against the Uyghur people. The free world must be united in holding the Chinese government to account for these abuses.”
Senator Mario Rubio, the vice-chair of the US Senate select committee on intelligence, said: “One by one, democratic nations are calling out the Chinese government persecution of the Uyghur people We cannot stand idly by while these horrific abuses continue.”
The Liberal Democrats’ foreign affairs spokesperson, Layla Moran, has called on the government to commit to a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics.
“Statements of solidarity mean a lot, but Uyghurs need them to be followed up with meaningful action. Only when the Chinese government faces the consequences of its actions will it be deterred from further abuses. That the British parliament has unanimously recognized this as genocide is a major victory for all those who have been drawing attention to these abuses over many years.”
” World Uyghur Congress U.K. director Rahima Mahmut said in a statement.
Abduweli Ayup, Uyghur scholar told Voice of Uyghur: this is one the greatest news we have long been waiting for. It means a lot for all of us who are suffering.
China did not respond to the news yet since it is night in Beijing.