China asks Belgium to warn Wednesday against a deterioration of bilateral relations, after the vote of a committee of the Belgian Parliament denouncing “a serious risk of genocide” in Xinjiang.
LThe House External Relations Committee on Tuesday approved a motion for a resolution that recognizes “a serious risk of genocide” of the Uyghur minority in China and condemns “crimes of persecution and massive human rights violations in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region. which may constitute crimes against humanity ”. “We call on Belgium to immediately rectify its mistake,” Chinese diplomacy spokesperson Zhao Lijian told reporters.
One million members of the Uyghur Muslim minority in Xinjianga have been placed in political re-education centers, according to human rights organizations. Beijing denies this figure and speaks of vocational training centers intended to keep the Uyghurs away from radicalization, after attacks attributed to Islamists.
Plenary vote on July 1
If the House approves the text in plenary on July 1, it will join the Dutch, Canadian, Lithuanian, Czech and British parliaments as well as the administration of US President Joe Biden. The recognition of a serious risk of genocide implies the adoption of preventive measures, in accordance with the 1948 international convention on the prevention and punishment of the crime of genocide.
The motion for a resolution contains 20 demands on the Belgian federal government, in particular to condemn the policy pursued with regard to the Uyghurs, forced labor or forced sterilizations to which this Muslim population is subject, to plead with the European authorities for an enlargement. sanctions against China if the repression of the Uyghurs did not cease or even denounce bilateral extradition treaties with China if the situation were to worsen.
The Chinese spokesman directly attacked the environmentalist deputy Samuel Cogolati on Wednesday, at the origin of the motion for a resolution. This has already earned Mr. Cogolati to appear among European personalities targeted by Chinese sanctions. “This deputy deliberately spread lies and false information, causing serious harm to the interests and sovereignty of China,” Zhao accused.