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UK lawmakers pass motion saying China committing genocide

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The truth is not always easy to hear (or say) but that does not make it less true.

Boycott 2022.

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That's going to get Xi rocking and rolling in anger. Boycott products from Xinjiang. That would be mostly all of China's cotton production.

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This was done by Backbench Motion. Want to ready a transcript of the debate? https://hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2021-04-22/debates/6FA4F300-D244-443E-A48C-57378876DE54/HumanRightsXinjiang . UK Parliament website, House of Commons actions for 22 April 2021. Entitled, Motion on Mass Human Rights Abuses and Crimes Against Humanity in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Wow!

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UK lawmakers pass motion saying China committing genocide

Someone tell the NBA, MLB, Nike, the Olympic Committee, and the Biden administration. They are claiming to be social justice warriors but still do business with these modern day Nazi’s.

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UK politicians slammed as 'double faced' on racial issues amid ruling over Xinjiang-related issues - Global Times :

UK is generally double standard, its politicians mostly double faced -- a foregone conclusion. The nation is in fast irreversible decline..

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Has someone died in those "Camps", so far? How can they call this is a geinocide? Don't twisted the definition of geinocide!

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China is committing genocide and other crimes against humanity.

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Notice how, just like the Canadian version, this wasn't a government bill.

The reason being that if either of these governments officially declared that what the Chinese were doing to the Uighurs met the definition of genocide, they were opening up a path for their citizens to use their courts to get what Israel is doing to the Palestinians officially recognized as a genocide by their country too.

And you can imagine what the American reaction to that would be.

Add in that, unlike this virtue signalling move, an official recognition would require the governments to take certain measures against China that would impose significant costs on themselves.

And between cutting themselves off from the two biggest economies in the world, or being cut off by the two biggest economies in the world, well, let's just say that the future political prospects for all the politicians who voted for a binding, official, government recognition of genocide would be nonexistent.

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A little context to this backbench motion may be useful. Such motions are considered sense-of-the parliament statements which are non-binding on either the legislature's own future actions nor the executive's foreign policy; although if advanced by the ruling party, they may be considered political pressure on the PM to act accordingly.

This bill follows several failed recent attempts by some MPs to pass legislation that gives the courts the power to decide whether a country is committing genocide, ultimately provoking further sanctions over the Uyghur issue, including blocking companies from doing business with the C.C.P. A little quick, when the Foreign Office has chosen a larger policy of escalation versus red-line themed snap decisions.

Also in context, the Foreign Secretary has just advised the International Development Committee that it will cut China's Official Development Assistance by 95% and directing the remaining £900,000 left to "go towards human rights and open society programmes.” This was aid that was already roundly criticized by conservatives, so it was an easy action, but part of a measured response to evidence of very large scale misconduct by intentional C.C.P. policy under guise of their exclusive internal affairs (which is the business of no one else).

Ordinarily calls by UN member countries and NGOs would ordinarily lead to a genocide referral to the International Criminal Court for potential proceedings. China, though, is not a member of the ICC, and could use its veto power in the U.N. Security Council member to block action against Chinese officials. But the U.N. Human Rights Commission MAY create a committee to investigate the charges, identify those responsible and provide a road map for holding them accountable; all without China's approval or disapproval.

So the motion was a movement. Similar to the foreign policy movements of other countries to make measured and considered actions towards bringing China closer to acknowledging their responsibility to accept and following international laws and customs. Part of the diplomatic dance with China for eventual recognition that its policies have international implications. And repercussions.

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