The supra-partisan Japan Parliamentary Alliance on China (JPAC) issued a statement on Feb. 9, condemning China for committing systematic torture and sexual violence at the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region’s “re-education” facilities, which were built for the surveillance and control of the Uyghur ethnic minority. The group’s statement was prompted by a program by the BBC reporting on incidents at the facilities.
The U.S. has designated China’s treatment of Uyghurs as “genocide by the Chinese Communist Party” and a crime against humanity. JPAC said in its statement that “the international community must determine the truth, stop the atrocity, and take coordinated action to restore the dignity of this oppressed people.” The group stressed that the swift passage of a human rights law in Japan is imperative to allow the Japanese government to impose sanctions on human rights violators.
JPAC invited the leaders of the Japan Uyghur Association to its general assembly meeting, and the Association leaders appealed to those gathered: “The world failed to stop the Nazi genocide of the Jewish people. This should never be repeated.”