Islamabad Telegraph Report

Toronto: Former U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declared before he left office that China’s policies against Xinjiang’s Muslims and ethnic minorities constituted crimes against humanity and genocide. His successor, Antony Blinken, reiterated the statement on his first day in office.

According to the international human rights organizations more than one million Muslim ethnic minorities are presently kept in the concentration camps where they are subjected to the inhumane and degrading treatment.

U.S. State Department cited widespread forced birth control and forced labor among Uighurs and Kazakhs in China. The Associated Press reported last year that the Chinese government was systematically forcing sterilization and abortion on Uighur and other Muslim women and sent many to camps simply for having too many children.

To the dismay of the human rights NGOs, Canada’s government has turned a blind eye to the disturbing situation in China.

Even though the Canadian foreign minister Garneau admitted that “We remain deeply disturbed by horrific reports of human rights violations in Xinjiang, including the use of arbitrary detention, political re-education, forced labor, torture and forced sterilization,” he was the only member of the Cabinet who showed up at the recent parliamentary voting for a motion to declare that China is committing genocide against more than 1 million Muslims in the western Xinjiang region. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his Cabinet abstained from the vote.

The main opposition parties supported the motion and control the majority of seats in the House of Commons of the Canadian parliament. Opposition Conservative Party leader Erin O’Toole said that “There is real suffering going on in China. There is a genocide happening,” O’Toole said. “Our values are not for sale. And Mr. Trudeau needed to send that message today and he failed.”

Kenny Chiu, a conservative member of parliament and shadow minister for diversity, argued the focus should be on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet who, he said, have turned their back on China’s ethnic Muslims, who have been abused by the Chinese government.

Trudeau has hesitated at using the word “genocide,” which he called an “extremely loaded” term.

“When it comes to the application of the very specific word genocide, we simply need to ensure that all the i’s are dotted and t’s are crossed before a determination like that is made,” Trudeau said prior to the voting.

Chiu, however, said this isn’t a new issue, reports, witnesses and evidence gathered by the House of Commons subcommittee on international human rights concluded that the Chinese government is conducting a genocide. The subcommittee held hearings on the subject from Oct. 16 to Dec. 11, 2018, which resulted in a comprehensive summary of evidence. 

“So with all that, how could they (Justin Trudeau and his cabinet) not stand on the side of Canadian core values and voice for those oppressed people,” asked Chiu. 
Chiu also recalled that Trudeau once acknowledged that Canada committed genocide against Indigenous peoples, but he didn’t use the same standard for China this time. 

“If he actually uses the same standard measuring ourselves. How did he not take a position like what he did before? This is the weakest prime minister I’ve ever seen in the history of Canada. It’s such a shame to see what happened with my own eyes.” 

The motion passed 266-0 as all but Trudeau and his Cabinet voted for the measure that also called on the International Olympic Committee to move the 2022 Winter Olympics from Beijing.

Islamabad Telegraph News in its letter to the Canadian Prime Minister emphasized that “Pakistan is the Islamic republic and our millions of readers across the globe are deeply concerned by the reports on the situation with Muslim ethnic minorities in China. On behalf of our readers, we would like to know the actual reason for so delayed and inadequate reaction by your Government. Such a delay resembles an historically inexcusable delay which subsequently caused ethnic cleansing that took place in Bosnia and Hercegovina in 1990s and most recently in Myanmar, where less than a decade ago thousands of Muslim women, children, elderly and men were tortured, executed, raped and forced to flee their homeland”.

‘Islamabad Telegraph’ is still awaiting for a substantive response to its appeal by the Canadian Prime Minister.

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