Urumqi, China (AP) — A spokesperson for the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region called genocide charges “untrue” as China received more pressure this week on the treatment of Uighur ethnic groups in remote border areas.
The British Parliament approved a non-binding motion on Thursday stating that China’s policy was equivalent to genocide and crimes against humanity. Human Rights Watch has appealed to the United Nations earlier this week to investigate allegations of crimes against humanity.
“The motion adopted by the British side was completely groundless,” said Chu Chunqiu, deputy director of the Communist Party’s public relations department in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. “This decision was based on statements made by some politicians, some so-called academic institutions, some so-called experts and scholars, and some so-called witnesses.”
In recent years, an estimated more than 1 million people have been trapped in camps in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, according to foreign governments and researchers. Mostly Uighurs, predominantly Muslim ethnic groups, authorities have been accused of imposing forced labor, systematic contraception and torture.
The Chinese government flatly rejected the claim. The camp is currently closed and is characterized as a vocational training center that teaches Chinese, work skills, and laws to support economic development and combat radicalism. China saw a wave of terrorist attacks related to Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region until 2016.
Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region’s historic Silk Road town, Kashgar, said hotels were empty a few years ago and some entrepreneurs didn’t want to invest because tourism had declined due to fear of terrorism. He said government policy has regained the hard-earned stability.
The Foreign Ministry has labeled genocide’s allegations as “a huge lie created by international anti-Chinese troops.”
“The UK is already facing a lot of problems in the country. These British lawmakers should care about their own business and do something concrete for their own members,” he said. Zhao Lijian, a provincial spokesman, said at a daily briefing on Friday.
Britain was the latest Western country to make the genocide declaration. Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was reluctant to use the term, but the US government and parliaments in Belgium, the Netherlands and Canada also accused Beijing of the genocide.
Human Rights Watch said it did not document genocide’s intentions in a report recommending that the UN Commission on Human Rights investigate the allegations and identify the perpetrators.
However, “if such evidence is revealed, the actions being taken against Turkic Muslims in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region may support the discovery of the genocide,” the report said.
Chinese officials in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region accuse Britain of genocide declaration
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