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A statement from the Uyghur Solidarity says Labour allegedly prevented Parliament from debating whether genocide is taking place in the East Turkestan/Xinjiang province of China.
This week, the Parliament would broadly discuss a motion of declaration to the atrocities being perpetrated against the Uyghur people, made upon ACT Party’s deputy leader Brooke Van Veldon.
New Zealand is part of the United Nations as a signatory to its Genocide Convention, which involves a commitment to the international community in countering indiscriminate killing.
“Potential export earnings are plainly more important to the Labour Party than human life,” said spokesperson Sam Vincent for Uyghur Solidarity.
“It is the global human rights responsibility of New Zealand’s elected representatives. “
“We believe that New Zealand and the New Zealand government will have to make adjustments to trade, especially where it overlaps with contributing to Uyghur oppression, forced labour, and unethical production.”
A petition was launched, which has gained a few hundred signatures.
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