Selin ATAY-TDO- Belgian deputies Samuel Cogolati and Wouter de Vriendt presented a draft resolution in parliament calling for the recognition of China's policies towards Uighur Turks as "genocide."
The bill, presented in parliament, demands that the Belgian government recognize practices against Uighur Turks in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region as genocide. The bill, submitted by Belgian deputies, also asks the Belgian government to prepare appropriate legal regulations for the practice of forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. If the bill, which is expected to be debated in parliament in the coming months, is adopted, Belgium is expected to become the first country after the United States to adopt such a decision.
Belgian MP Samuel Cogolati is one of the first lawmakers to draft the bill together with the World Uighur Congress, headquartered in Germany, and sign it. In his statement on the bill, Cogolati called for breaking the silence on China. Cogolati also stressed that Belgium should not turn a blind eye to what the Chinese government is doing and its "economic blackmail."
“More than 1 million Uighurs have been imprisoned and tortured in places called Re-education camps. Women were raped, some were forcibly neutered, children were forcibly taken from their families. The evidence is growing, and now it is time to call this horror genocide,” MP Cogolati said. "The message from Belgium and Europe must be clear. No deal can be made until China agrees to international standards of forced labor," he said by pointing out that countries should not ignore human rights violations in order to reach an investment agreement with China.