The Conservative Party of Canada sent a request to the federal government asking it to recognize that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is committing “genocide” against Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang in the same way that the United States did under former President Trump. 

The Conservatives are asking the federal government to declare that the CCCP is committing genocide and crimes against humanity by using concentration camps and forced sterilization of Uighur Muslims, The Globe And Mail reported

The Conservatives’ move comes after former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo officially declared on Jan. 19 that the CCP is perpetrating “genocide” against the Uighur minority.

Pompeo said in the statement, “After careful examination of the available facts, I have determined that the PRC [People’s Republic of China], under the direction and control of the CCP, has committed genocide against the predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang.”

Conservatives’ request added that the CCP’s abuses against Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims are “indicative of the government of China’s escalating disregard for human rights and international law, including in Hong Kong, as well as with Tibetans, Falun Gong practitioners, Christians, and other ethnic and religious minorities.”

The Conservatives highlighted the Trump administration’s decision in the U.S. to recognize the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) crackdown on Uighurs as genocide, and urged the liberal government to follow suit and encourage other allies to do the same.

“We call on the government to work with allies, including the United States, to take coordinated action in response to this genocide,” the statement said.

Last week Canada’s Liberal government issued a statement warning Canadian companies about the legal and reputation risks of doing business with entities complicit in human rights violations in the Xinjiang area. Taking advantage of the situation the Conservatives now want to seize the opportunity to deepen the government’s recent action.

Despite the leftist tendency of the current Canadian government, reality shows that the relationship between the CCP and Canada has been strained from December 2018 onward. It all started when the CCP locked up two Canadians, former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor, in apparent retaliation for Ottawa’s arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. extradition request.

The Trump administration openly condemned authoritarian governments and regimes that, in their quest to maintain and increase their power, persecute population groups based on their religious, physical characteristics, or ideological differences. 

The decision to categorize the persecution of the Uighur minority as “genocide” was one of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s last actions before leaving the White House. Pompeo, a great supporter of former PresidentTrump in this fight, immediately after publishing the statement reporting the genocide, made a controversial statement on Twitter directed at multilateral organizations, specifically against the United Nations, insinuating their lack of cooperation in this type of matter.

“The U.S. is stronger when we acknowledge the failings of international institutions like @UN and try to fix them. Multilateralism for multilateralism’s sake doesn’t help anyone but bureaucrats, globalists, and lawyers.” Pompeo said.