Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- A vote in the New Zealand Parliament on May 5th unanimously acknowledged that 'China has committed serious human rights violations against Uyghurs in East Turkistan'.
However, due to government objections, China's policies were not described as 'genocide'.
The proposal, submitted to parliament by the ACT Party, was backed by all parties in parliament, but the word "genocide" was removed from the text.
Speaking in parliament, ACT Deputy Leader Brooke van Velden said they had to add the phrase "grave human rights violations" instead of "genocide" to get the approval of the ruling Labor Party, led by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.
"Our conscience demands that if we believe there is a genocide, we should say so," Van Velden said.
The Chinese Embassy in Wellington has not yet responded to requests for comment.