The Globe and Mail reports in its Friday edition that the Dutch parliament on Thursday passed a non-binding motion saying that the treatment of the Uyghur Muslim minority in China amounts to genocide, the first such move by a European country.
A Reuters dispatch to The Globe says that activists and UN rights experts say at least one million Muslims are being detained in camps in the remote western region of Xinjiang. The activists and some Western politicians accuse China of using torture, forced labour and sterilizations.
China denies any human-rights abuses and says its camps provide vocational training and are needed to fight extremism.
"A genocide on the Uyghur minority is occurring in China," the motion said, stopping short of directly saying that the Chinese government was responsible.
Canada passed a resolution labelling China's treatment of the Uyghurs genocide earlier this week.
The Dutch motion said actions by the Chinese government, including "measures intended to prevent births" and "having punishment camps," fell under UN Resolution 260, generally known as the Genocide Convention.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte's conservative VVD party voted against the resolution.
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