On February 25, Australian Senator Rex Patrick said he would move a motion in the Senate calling on the Australian government to find the Chinese Communist Party guilty of genocide against the Uighur and other minorities in Xinjiang. Photo shows Australian Senator Patrick’s file photo. (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)
While the United States, Canada and the Netherlands have accused the Chinese Communist Party of genocide for its brutal persecution of the Xinjiang minority, Australian Senator Rex Patrick told the Senate on February 25 that he will move a motion on March 15 calling on the Australian government to find the Chinese Communist Party guilty of genocide against the Uighur and other minorities in Xinjiang, and reiterated his call for the Australian government to urge International Olympic Committee not to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing.
The Chinese Communist Party’s so-called re-Education camps in Xinjiang have been widely condemned internationally. According to multiple investigative reports, the Communist authorities’ crackdown on the Uighur minority in the Xinjiang region includes the mass incarceration of approximately one million people, forced re-education, highly invasive surveillance, religious repression, forced sterilization of women and forced labor.
In his motion, Rex Patrick calls on the Australian government to find that China’s (CCP) persecution of Uighurs in Xinjiang constitutes genocide, and calls on China to immediately end torture and abuse in detention camps, abolish the system of mass detention, house arrest and forced labor, end all coercive population control measures, and end the persecution of Uighurs and other religious and ethnic minorities in Xinjiang and elsewhere in China. and other religious and ethnic minorities in Xinjiang and elsewhere in China.
Earlier this month, the Australian government had asked the Chinese Communist authorities to allow senior U.N. officials unrestricted access to the Xinjiang region to investigate human rights violations. But Patrick said in his motion that since the U.S. government declared on Jan. 19 that the Chinese Communist authorities have committed and continue to commit genocide against the Uighurs in Xinjiang, and the new U.S. administration supports that finding, and since the Canadian House of Commons passed a bipartisan ruling on Feb. 22 that the Chinese Communist authorities acted in a manner that constitutes genocide under UN General Assembly Resolution 260, the Australian government should take The Australian government should take practical action to find China (the Chinese Communist Party) guilty of genocide.
Renewed calls for a boycott of the Winter Olympics
Last October, Patrick issued a press release calling on Australia to lead a boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. In the announcement, he said that the Chinese Communist regime was using the Olympics to legitimize its gross violations of human rights and fundamental freedoms and that “it would be morally wrong for Australia to participate in such an event.”
Patrick also spoke in Parliament during a discussion on human rights in China, saying the Chinese Communist Party was trying to use sports to boost its own prestige domestically and internationally. He said, “The 2008 Olympics drew a great deal of criticism, particularly of China’s (CCP’s) poor human rights record. However, the CCP went all out to use the Olympics as a platform to promote its nationalist Dreams, and any criticism was denounced as an insult to China.”
This Time, in his motion, Patrick again called on the Australian government to urge the IOC not to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, calling on the Australian government to commit any ministers and senior officials not to attend the Beijing Winter Olympics.