A protester from the Uighur community living in Turkey  participates in a protest in Istanbul on October 1.

A Canadian parliamentary panel has described the persecution of the Uighurs in Xinjiang as a “genocide”, asking the federal government to recognise it as such and to impose sanctions in opposition to Chinese officers accountable.

The Subcommittee on International Human Rights of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development stated it was “profoundly disturbed” at what it heard in testimony from witnesses and “convinced of the need for a strong response.”

Witnesses stated “the government of China has been employing various strategies to persecute Muslim groups living in Xinjiang, including mass detentions, forced labour, pervasive state surveillance and population control. Witnesses were clear that the government of China’s actions are a clear attempt to eradicate Uighur culture and religion,” it stated in a press release.

The panel known as upon the Canadian authorities to “condemn the government of China’s actions against Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang” and “recognise that the acts being committed in Xinjiang against Uighurs constitute genocide and work within legal frameworks of international bodies to recognise that acts being committed against Uighurs constitute genocide.”

The subcommittee was “deeply disturbed by the use and apparent efficiency” and “inhumane population control measures” within the space.

This was “the largest mass detention of a minority community since the Holocaust,” it famous.

Survivors of focus camps stated “detainees are abused psychologically, physically and sexually.”

The subcommittee is chaired by Peter Fonseca, an MP belonging to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ruling Liberal Party caucus.

It stated that the panel was informed that “women and girls are regularly subjected to sexual abuse and other forms of gender-based violence”. It additionally known as for motion from the federal government with regard to produce chains for items that will have been manufactured in China by means of using pressured labour in Xinjiang. The panel advisable that the federal government “investigate potentially problematic sources of consumer goods and to take a strong stand against the use of forced labour, particularly when it involves Canadian companies.”

It additionally sought enhancement of import management mechanisms “to prevent products made with forced labour from entering the Canadian market” whereas additionally in search of imposition of “sanctions on entities and individuals that benefit from the use of forced labour.”

It additionally pointed to the pervasive state surveillance of the minorities in Xinjiang and warned that the Canadian authorities ought to guarantee Canadian know-how firms had been under no circumstances linked to the monitoring. It stated that Canada ought to “take the necessary steps and conduct a review to ensure Canadian individuals, companies and public bodies are not investing in technology companies involved in supporting or facilitating the abuse of fundamental human rights in China.”

Canadian overseas minister Francois-Philippe Champagne stated he was “deeply disturbed” by the subcommittee’s findings. According to the outlet CBC News, he stated, “Canada takes the allegations of genocide very seriously.”

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