Canadian Minister condemns Islamophobia two days after abstaining from motion to recognize genocide of China’s muslim minority

Canadian Minister condemns Islamophobia two days after abstaining from motion to recognize genocide of China’s muslim minority

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Canadian Minister of Infrastructure Catherine McKenna took to her Twitter to condemn an act of Islamophobia that occurred in Edmonton only two days after she abstained from voting on a motion recognizing China’s genocide of its muslim minority. 

On Monday, the Conservative Party of Canada put forward a motion recognize China’s ongoing genocide of its Uighur muslim population. 

“the People’s Republic of China has engaged in actions consistent with the United Nations General Assembly Resolution 260, commonly known as the ‘Genocide Convention’.. [and] the House, therefore, recognize that a genocide is currently being carried out by the People’s Republic of China against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims… and call on the government to officially adopt this position”, the motion read. 

The motion was voted unanimously by opposition parties and by some liberal members of parliament, but the liberal cabinet which forms the current government decided to abstain from voting the motion. 

“I abstain on behalf of the Government of Canada,” Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau said on behalf of the Cabinet. 

McKenna, who abstained from the vote as a member of the cabinet then took to her Twitter two days later to condemn an act of Islamophobia that occurred in Edmonton. 

Previous Conservative Party leader pointed out the McKenna’s hypocrisy: 

Over a million Uighur men and women are currently detained in “re-education” camps in the Xinjiang region in China. Reports of mass rape, organ harvesting, slavery and torture have emerged from the Xinjiang camps. 

Human rights and watchdog organizations have agreed that China’s treatment of Uighur constitutes genocide. The Dutch parliament passed a motion on February 25th recognizing the actions of China as a genocide. 

Political observers also pointed out Prime Minister Trudeau’s hypocrisy in his abstention from recognizing China’s genocide while in 2015, he “walked in the March for Genocide Prevention.”

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