Putting the spotlight on a genocide; Canada’s small Uighur community struggles to make people understand

But the declaration by the Canadian subcommittee is a victory for Uighur activists, like Mehmet Tohti of the Uighur Rights Advocacy Project, who have argued the description of events in Xinjiang being referred to as “human rights abuses” downplays the significance of the problem.

“What has happened has far more exceeded the scope of human rights violations,” Tohti told the Star. “It’s genocide we are talking about. It’s crimes against humanity we are talking about.”