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Taiwanese Parliament Passes Genocide Resolution

The Legislative Yuan (Taiwanese Parliament) became the 11th parliamentary body worldwide to recognize the policies of the Chinese government against the Uyghurs and and other ethnic and religious minorities in East Turkistan as crimes against humanity when The Legislative Yuan passed a resolution on December 27, 2022 recognizing the Chinese government as committing crimes against humanity and genocide against the Uyghur people. Similar resolutions have been passed by parliamentary bodies in the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, Czech Republic, Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Lithuania, Ireland, and the European Parliament.

“By being the first legislative body in Asia to recognise the Chinese government’s crimes against humanity and genocide against the Uyghur people, the Taiwanese Parliament sets a very important precedent”, WUC President Dolkun Isa said. “Other counties in the region must follow suit and build a strong coalition to reject the Chinese government’s atrocity crimes and support efforts to hold those responsible to account.”

In addition, the Taiwanese Parliament has also introduced a Taiwanese Magnitsky-style global human rights sanctions regime, to sanction perpetrators of human rights abuses. If this passes, Taiwan may become the first Asian country with such a sanctions regime.

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