The Uighur Rights Advocacy Project, which works to raise awareness of the plight of the Uighurs in Canada, applauded the decision by the subcommittee in its own statement.
Project executive director Mehmet Tohti said Canada must now act on the recommendation of the subcommittee.
Tohti said labelling the treatment of Uighurs a genocide will mean a great deal to the community in Canada.
“It means a kind of relief,” he said. “For the first time, they feel that the world community is starting to pay attention.”
Tohti said he is glad to see the subcommittee “take the first step” and hopes Canada and other countries will eventually follow.