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Supra-partisan group of lawmakers condemns China’s persecution of Uyghurs

  • February 10, 2021
  • , Yomiuri
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Yomiuri and Sankei wrote that a group of ruling and opposition Diet members adopted a statement yesterday denouncing human rights violations of Uyghurs by the Chinese government and calling for the Japanese government to look into what has happened in China’s Xinjiang Province and legislate sanctions on foreign government officials and entities involved in human rights violations. While noting that the Biden administration has designated China’s persecution of the Muslim minority as “genocide,” Yomiuri noted that Tokyo has stopped short of using the same word in part because Japan is not a signatory to the 1948 Genocide Convention. Foreign Minister Motegi told the press yesterday that Japan will give careful consideration to the possibility of ratifying the international treaty.

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