The Ground breaking Resolution by UK Lawmakers in Declaration of Uyghur Genocide
British members of Parliament voted unanimously across various political parties to declare the ongoing genocide of the Uyghur people in Xinjiang province of China. The motion was passed on Thursday 22nd of April 2021, it has to be borne in mind that the motion does not compel the British government to take direct action against the Chinese regime however it serves as an accurate indicator and guidance that the relationship between Britain and China most certainly might decline in the coming time.
Author of the motion was conservative member of parliament and former minister Ms Nusrat Ghani who successfully steered the resolution in the Houses of Parliament. This is probably one of the very few times when all the political parties represented approved the resolution in solidarity to the Uyghur people and actively denounce the role played by the Chinese authorities in perpetrating crimes against humanity.
Nigel Adams the Asia minister was on record quoted saying that there is credible and most likely irrefutable evidence to back the motion, some of the parameters they have deeply investigator were widespread use of forced Labour intermittent camps and targeting of ethnic groups of people. He also added did the United Kingdom has a longstanding stated position to determine genocide and uphold basic human values.
Across the Atlantic this resolution have also drawn widespread appreciation from the United states Senate Foreign Relations committee headed by Bob Mendez who added that the UK parliament has taken the first steps and shown the light against the abuses committed by the Chinese state. The free world should be united in their efforts to hold the Chinese authorities to account for these atrocities head abuses. Senator Mario Rubio the vice chair of the US send it Select Committee on intelligence took a step even further by hinting one by one other Democratic nations will Unite in calling out the Chinese government for the deliberate and pre planned persecution committed by the Chinese government.
In the month of March, China imposed sanctions on 10 UK organisations and individuals which also included the conservative party leader Iain Duncan Smith amongst a few. The charges were that these individuals and organisations were actively involved in splitting lies and this information about the Communist Party and the human rights abuses on the younger people. Chinese state has repeatedly reiterated the line that the camps are re-education centres only targeted at peoples who are “terrorists”. There was no other purpose to these camps end it is purely an internal matter of China and China only.
Dominic Rabb the British Foreign Secretary has responded to this Chinese claims and the sanctions on free movement UK citizens saying that it's not only speaks volumes about the regime in China and his government but also its attitude towards those who criticised backed with evidence.
The United Kingdom resolution certainly paves the way for other like-minded democracies of the world to unite and consolidate their efforts in not only condemnation of the regime but also appropriate action. The true value and the spirit of the resolution will only be realised when the words are translated into tangible actions which will not only compel the regime to take corrective measures but also will be of relief to the persecuted Uyghur people. If there is no active participation to enforce this resolution unfortunately it will only merely be a textbook exercise without any physical impact or change on the ground realities.
Written By – Priyajit Debsarkar, Author and Geopolitical Analyst, www.priyajit.co.uk
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