Canadian Lawmakers Approve Motion Labeling Xinjiang Abuses ‘Genocide’


February 22, 2021

Canada’s House of Commons on Monday passed a motion designating rights abuses in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) as genocide, making it the second nation to do so following the U.S. last month.

Parliament unanimously adopted the non-binding motion—266 in favor and zero against—brought forward by the country’s opposition Conservative Party, although 37 lawmakers in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet from the ruling Liberal Party abstained from the vote.

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