Thank you Parliament of Canada for listening to Uyghur plight

JULY 24, 2020

URAP expresses its deep appreciation and gratitude towards our Parliamentary Members of SDIR (Subcommittee on International Human Rights) for their mobilization efforts in organizing the consecutive full two-days hearings on ongoing Uyghur Genocide.

During the audience our elected officials were given the chance to listen, inquire and exchange ideas on the current humanitarian crisis unfolding in Uyghur region. The quality and the scope of witnesses’ presentations were significant and diverse coming from the academia milieu, the civil society representatives or directly from the Chinese concentration camps’ survivors. The later was especially emotional and heart-breaking as torture survivors, for the first time and on record testified before SDIR their personal experiences of torture, rape and near-death calls at the hand of death camps guardians. For many in the audience and the public watching on-line these testimonies were a shocking first-hand information and a moving revelation about the realities on the ground which went on for decades but only recently started emerging.

As many expert witnesses confirmed China has completed the initial phase of the full-scale Cultural Genocide of Uyghurs and has entered the extermination level directed at an entire ethnic group, who owned their ancestral homeland East Turkistan and which was invaded by China in 1949.

The undeniable evidence of the Chinese government’s deliberate policy to eradicate the Uyghurs  proven by its own internal documents clearly meets and even exceeds each category of Genocide definition that include,   (a) killing; (b) causing serious bodily or mental harm; (c) deliberately inflicting conditions of life to bring about the group’s physical destruction; (d) imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; and (e) forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.

Canada as well as the whole internationally community is obliged to act in regards of genocidal policies of China towards its own citizens of Turkic and Muslim origin. URAP is urging Canadian officials to use all available tools to implement Magnitskiy’s Law sanctions against Chinese officials implicated in perpetration of the Crimes Against Humanity. URAP is calling upon Canada to implement business accountability checks to ensure no slave labor products produced by Uyghur prisoners enter Canada. We hope Members of this esteem Committee will name these crimes perpetrated by China by its real name – the Genocide.

Mr.Mehmet Tohti

Executive Director – URAP (Uyghur Rights Advocacy Project)