The ACT party will ask Parliament to debate a motion declaring China’s oppression of the Uyghur minority an act of “genocide”, a move that could compel the Labour Government to consider symbolically admonishing Beijing for the abuses.
The motion, similar to that passed in both the United Kingdom and Canadian parliaments, will ask MPs to vote on whether the human rights abuses in the Xinjiang region of China amount to genocide, and whether they should call upon the Government to “act to fulfil its obligation” under United Nations conventions.
The success of the motion hinges on the support of Labour, which holds an overwhelming majority in the House.
Good on ACT for putting this on the agenda.
Any party that professes to care about human rights should support Parliament debating this issue.