Ottawa: – After the United States and the United Kingdom, Canada has targeted China over the atrocities carried out against the Uyghur people. Canadian Foreign Minister Francois Philippe and Industrial Trade Minister Mary Ng announced a ban on the products imported from the Xinjiang province in China. At this time, Canada expressed serious concerns regarding the atrocities meted out to the Uyghur people by the ruling Chinese communist government and stated that these events are a blatant violation of human rights. It is believed that the Chinese government is being cornered on the issue of the Uyghurs, as the leading countries of the world are targeting China over the human rights violation.
There is a large population of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang province of China. Forwarding the excuse that there is an increase in the terrorist and separatist activities in the region, China had made large military deployments in the province. But since the last few years, China has initiated a comprehensive campaign to oppress the Uyghur people, and they are being sent to torture camps. Hundreds of thousands of Uyghurs have been dumped into these torture camps, and they are being used as forced labour.
Many big companies in the Xinjiang province are using these Uyghur people as forced labour. In 2018, one of the United Nations reports made a shocking revelation that 1.1 million Uyghur people have been dumped in these torture camps. China has denied these accusations and has claimed that these camps are re-education camps. But the international community is not ready to believe the Chinese claims.
The United States has started presenting this issue very aggressively and has consistently targeted the Chinese communist rulers over the issue. Last year, the United States passed two laws pertaining to the Uyghurs issue and stopped importing cotton and other products from this region. The United States has also alerted the US companies and has instructed them to end all the ties with the Xinjiang province. Following the United States, even the United Kingdom has ordered its companies to sever all the ties with the companies from Xinjiang province. A warning has also been issued that the companies not complying with the government order will be heavily penalised. The Canadian announcement becomes the next phase of the international campaign. The Canadian government announced a ban on products originating from Xinjiang province. At the same time, the government announced that it was ready to cooperate in any manner on the issue. Meanwhile, Chinese reaction has been received over the British action, and spokesman Zhao Lijian has said that the Chinese government will take all the necessary steps to protect the Chinese companies.