March 16, 2021 2:50 am
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Australian Government Blocks Genocide Motion to Recognize Beijing’s Actions Against Uyghurs

The federal government and Labor have blocked a Senate motion on Monday, which called on the Australian government to recognise Beijing’s actions in the Xinjiang region against Uyghurs as “genocide.”

Brought up by Independent Senator Rex Patrick from South Australia, the motion centred on China’s human rights issue.

Other than urging the Senate to recognise the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) actions as “genocide,” it also asked to push the CCP regime to abolish mass internment camps, cease coercive population control, and end the persecution against religious and ethnic minorities in China.

Despite blocking the motion, both Liberal and Labor senators expressed concern over the current situation in Xinjiang and condemned the human rights violations against Uyghurs, according to the reports from Hansard.

“As is often the case with matters as complex as this relating to foreign policy, we don’t deal with them as formal motions,” Liberal Senator Jonathan Duniam said.

“We will continue to work closely with our key partners to advocate on this issue in a meaningful way.”

Senator Jacqui Lambie, Senator Stirling Griff, and The Greens all supported Patrick’s motion.

Patrick expressed his disappointment over the combined block by the Coalition and Labor Senators in a press release.

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Independent Senator Rex Patrick speaks during a rally for the Uyghur community outside Parliament House in Canberra, Monday, March 15, 2021. (Lukas Coch/AAP)

“While a number of Coalition and Labor members have self-styled themselves as ‘wolverines’ on the issue of China, today they had proved to be all huff and puff and nothing more when it came to calling out what is an immense crime against humanity,” Patrick said.

“The authorities in Beijing will no doubt take this craven performance as evidence that their trade coercion tactics will eventually deliver what they want, a browbeaten Australia that will pull its punches and won’t say a bad word about the Communist Party’s gross abuses of human rights and fundamental freedoms.

“But sooner or later Australia will have to stand up, not only for the defence of human rights in China and Hong Kong, but also for our own democratic freedoms and sovereignty,” he said.

Chanting “China stop lying” and “China stop genocide,” Australian Uyghurs rallied in front of the federal parliament in Canberra earlier on Monday to call for the motion to be passed.

“If they don’t listen now, a whole community, the whole Uyghur nation, is going to disappear,” Ramila Chanisheff, president of the Australian Uyghur Tangritagh Women’s Association, told AAP on Monday.

“This is the 21st century. How does genocide occur in the 21st century?” she said.

So far, the United States, Canada, and Dutch have all found Beijing guilty of “genocide” against Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region inside China.

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