On Monday, March 22, 2021, EU foreign ministers formally agreed to blacklist Chinese officials for human rights violations, an EU diplomat said, in the first sanctions on Beijing since an arms embargo in 1989 after the suppression of the Tiananmen Square protests.
The ministers agreed to impose a travel ban and freeze the funds of four Chinese and one entity, accusing them of committing human rights violations against the Muslim Uighur minority in Xinjiang, while the names will be announced later today.
And last month, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, from Xinjiang said that in light of reports of arbitrary detention, abuse, sexual violence and forced labor, there is a need for a comprehensive and independent assessment of the situation in this region.
Movements against China because of the Uighurs
Last month, Canadian representatives approved by a majority of 266 votes out of 338 non-binding memoranda in which they considered that the violations against a minority are Uighurs The Muslim woman in Xinjiang, China, amounts to “genocide”, demanding that the government do the same.
Agence France-Presse said that during the voting session, no member voted against the memorandum, but the deputies who did not vote for it abstained from voting, especially members of the liberal government led by Justin Trudeau, and the memo admits that “the Uighurs in China have been and are still subject to genocide.”
The memorandum cited in particular what this Muslim minority is exposed to at the hands of the Chinese authorities, especially the operations of “political and anti-religious indoctrination”, “forced labor” and “the destruction of cultural sites.”
China’s violations of the right of the Uyghurs
While human rights organizations say that at least one million Uighurs Other Turkic-speaking Muslims are being held in camps in Xinjiang, and China imposes severe restrictions on access to this sensitive area, making it nearly impossible to report and verify cases.
But eyewitnesses and activists say that China is seeking to forcibly integrate Uighurs into the Han culture, who make up the majority of the country’s population, by trying to eliminate Islamic customs, including forcing Muslims to eat pork and drink alcohol, while imposing a system of forced labor.
China denies the accusations and maintains that the detention camps are in fact vocational training centers aimed at curbing the spread of Islamic extremism.
After the approval of the memorandum, Conservative leader Irene O’Toole, who has been calling for months for the Trudeau government to toughen its rhetoric against Beijing, said, “The Conservatives are now calling on the liberal government to respect Parliament and officially recognize that genocide is taking place in China.”