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CAIR Welcomes Canadian Parliament’s Condemnation of Genocide Against Uyghur Muslims by Chinese Government

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 2/25/2021) — The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the Canadian parliament’s motion to label China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang region as genocide.  

On Monday, Canada’s parliament issued a non-binding motion that described China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims as constituting genocide. The motion’s passage is part of a larger effort to encourage Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s pronouncement of genocide as well. 

Should the treatment continue, the House of Commons called on the International Olympic Committee to relocate the 2022 Winter Olympics, which is set to take place in Beijing.  

The Canadian opposition Conservative Party introduced the motion, and the House of Commons voted 266-0 to pass it. Despite the widespread support of the Liberal party, Trudeau and his administration abstained from the vote. 

SEE: Chinese treatment of Uighur Muslims labelled ‘genocide’ by Canadian parliament

“We welcome the Canadian parliament’s efforts to push back against China’s heinous actions against Uyghur Muslims,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw. “CAIR calls on the Biden-Harris administration and Congress to follow the Canadian government’s example. It is the duty of the international community to take immediate and concrete action to stop China’s ongoing crimes against humanity.”

SEE: CAIR Calls for ‘Immediate and Concrete’ Action by Biden Administration and International Community After BBC Report on China’s Systematic Rape of Uyghur Women – CAIR  

The Canadian parliament’s motion was issued one month following the United States’ government adoption of the term “genocide” to describe the human rights abuses in Xinjiang.  

SEE: CAIR Welcomes US Labeling of China’s Actions Against Uyghur Muslims as ‘Genocide’ – CAIR – Council on American-Islamic Relations  


According to human rights monitors, there are at least 1.8 million and as many as 3 million Uyghurs and other ethnic Turkic minorities that are being detained in concentration and forced labor camps. In these facilities, they are forced to renounce their faith, stripped of their human rights, and face torture and other abuses. Through mass detention, forced labor, and forced sterilization, the Chinese government is destroying the Uyghurs’ ethnic and religious identities.   

CAIR has been dedicated in its efforts to mobilize the international community and denounce the atrocious actions of the Chinese government. In December, CAIR joined the US Council of Muslim Organizations (USCMO), Free Uyghur Now, and other global allies in a virtual press conference calling on the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to join the international community in standing with Uyghur Muslims. 

SEE:  CAIR to Join U.S. Muslim Coalition in Questioning OIC’s Silence on China’s Abuses of Uyghur, Turkic Muslims   

Domestically, the Council on American-Islamic Relations has remained steadfast in its campaigns on behalf of Uyghur Muslims. CAIR has welcomed the endeavors of the US government to ban Chinese slave labor cotton imports and continues to support Congress’ forced labor legislation. 

SEE: CAIR Welcomes Ban on Chinese ‘Slave Labor’ Cotton Imports – CAIR – Council on American-Islamic Relations  

SEE: CAIR ACTION ALERT: Urge Congress to Reject Attempts by Nike, Apple, Coca-Cola, Other Corporations to Weaken Forced Labor Legislation Cracking Down on China’s Abuse of Uyghur Muslims – CAIR – Council on American-Islamic Relations  

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.   

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos. 


CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, 

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