UK MPs say Uyghur genocide taking place in China

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23 April 2021

The House of Commons has declared for the first time that genocide is taking place against Uyghurs and others in north-west China, APA reports citing BBC.

More than a million people are estimated to have been detained at camps in the region of Xinjiang

The motion approved by MPs does not compel the UK to take action, but is a sign of growing discontent towards the Chinese government in Parliament.

Tory Sir Iain Duncan Smith heralded the vote as "a historic moment".

He said it brought the UK Parliament in line with Holland, Canada and the United States.

Sir Iain was one of five UK parliamentarians sanctioned by China for spreading what it calls "lies and disinformation".