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Justin Trudeau Refuses to Acknowledge China’s Uyghur Genocide

Justin Trudeau Refuses to Acknowledge China's Uyghur Genocide

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Canada’s progressive Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has decided to tone down denunciations of China’s notorious genocide against Uyghur Muslims. Far from giving a concrete answer, he decided to opt for a vague talk about the international community and how he will work with it to address the situation in China.

During the press conference, a reporter can be heard asking the Prime Minister, “What other evidence do you need to say there is genocide in China?” The reporter chose to contextualize this question in the context of the Winter Olympic Games, which will be held in Beijing next year. The Canadian leader said that “genocide” is a very heavy word to define what is happening in Xinjiang. “The international community takes the use of this term very seriously,” he added hesitantly.

He added that it is necessary to be precise when using the term genocide. For the Prime Minister, another important factor in calling a situation genocide is the evidence, the proof that genocide is indeed occurring.

The international community is assessing it [the situation] carefully, according to Trudeau. “We are certainly among them and we will not hesitate to agree with whatever determinations are generated around it,” he said. “We have been consistent in our denunciations and condemnations of human rights violations around the world; including situations in Hong Kong and Xinjiang. We will continue to work with the international community in making the right determinations based on facts and evidence,” he concluded.

Has Trudeau been consistent? Even major media outlets such as the BBC have given evidence and testimonies about the genocide and systematic rape of Uyghur women in China, as was also reported by El American.

The international community does not need to digress much in technicalities while Uyghur Muslims continue to suffer from genocide, because if we take into account the Rome Statute, a document that governs the actions of the International Criminal Court, and defines ‘genocide’ in international law, what is happening in Xinjiang constitutes genocide, since it involves:

(1) killing of members of a social group;
(2) serious injury to the physical or mental integrity of the members of the group;
(3) intentional subjection of the group to conditions of existence that will lead to its physical destruction, in whole or partially.

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Protest in Washington DC calling for the release of Uyghurs from concentration camps in China. (Flickr)

In addition, jurisprudence determines that rape as a tool of destruction and domination also constitutes an act of genocide. An Amnesty International brochure says that “In the unusual Akayesu judgment, a trial chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda held that when rape is used as a method of destruction of a protected group by causing serious physical or mental injury to its members, it constitutes genocide.”

Trudeau wanted to train Chinese soldiers in Canada

Trudeau, for his part, is deferential to China’s Communist regime, which he dares not denounce as genocidal. El American reported how the Canadian Prime Minister planned to train middle and senior ranks of the Chinese Liberation Army.

Following the declassification of the China Files by Rebel News, it was learned that Trudeau was planning the training of Chinese commanders at the Armed Forces University in Toronto and other military institutions in Kingston. Among the Chinese Army participants, the report continued, were also one- and two-star generals and an entire contingent who would learn about Canadian cold-weather military tactics.

It was at the strong request of the American Department of Defense that this training was cancelled. “Winter survival training will not take place this winter (2019),” the Canadian government responded in emails it exchanged with Rebel News. “Concerns regarding security originated in the first place from the U.S. side.”

Rafael Valera, Venezuelan, student of Political Science, political exile in São Paulo, Brazil since 2017 // Rafael Valera, venezolano, es estudiante de Ciencias Políticas y exiliado político en São Paulo, Brasil desde 2017

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