Recently, Members of Parliament in Canada have passed a resolution calling for a refugee program to resettle 10,000 Uyghurs fleeing persecution in China. The motion was passed unanimously, signifying the importance of the issue and the unity of the Members of Parliament in addressing it.
The Uyghur people, a minority group in China, have been facing severe human rights violations in the country. Reports from the UN Human Rights Office and the Wilson Center think tank in Washington have documented the situation, including instances of forced labor and sexual violence. The situation for the Uyghurs in China remains dire, with many seeking refuge in countries such as Turkey.
The motion passed by Parliament calls for the resettlement of 10,000 Uyghur people and other Muslims of Turkic origin in Canada. The timeline for the resettlement program is set to begin in 2024 and reach its target within two years. Although private members’ motions are non-binding, the support of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Minister Mélanie Joly is a positive sign that the government will follow through. The motion is significant for the Uyghur diaspora and the international community, as it brings attention to the issue and the importance of upholding human rights.
The next steps for the government include the creation of a report to be compiled within 100 days, which will outline the details of the resettlement program. The Uyghur rights advocacy community, including the Uyghur Rights Advocacy Project in Ottawa, will play a key role in helping the government craft and implement the plan.
The motion passed by Members of Parliament calling for the resettlement of 10,000 Uyghur refugees is a significant step towards addressing the ongoing human rights violations faced by the Uyghur people in China. The next steps for the government, with the support of Uyghur advocates, will be crucial in ensuring a positive outcome for the Uyghur refugees. The ongoing efforts to monitor the situation and provide support to the Uyghur community must continue, as it is important to uphold human rights for all. The Washington-based Uyghur Human Rights Project has stated that it will monitor Canada’s progress and that Wednesday’s vote sets an example for other democracies.