French resolution slams Chinese treatment of Uighur Muslims as genocide Jan 21, 2022 0 0 12345 dpa ParisChina’s treatment of the Uighur minority is a form of genocide, according to a resolution passed in France’s National Assembly on Thursday.The vote was 169-1.China has come under increasing criticism for alleged abuses against the largely Muslim ethnic group - all of which it denies - which is turning into an even bigger diplomatic headache as the Winter Olympics, which Beijing is hosting next month, draw near.People who have escaped the Xinjiang region that is home to many Uighurs allege that people are rounded up and sent to facilities - dubbed re-education centres - where they are forced to stop behaviour associated with Uighur culture. Violations that could send a person to such a centre include growing a long beard or being actively religious.China has accused some Uighur groups of backing separatist causes and even of being behind terrorist attacks.The French resolution calls for an end to the repression, which they call a crime against humanity. They also urged the French government to exercise pressure on China on the matter and to also declare the treatment of the Uighurs to be genocide.Franck Riester, France’s minister delegate for trade, told lawmakers that the government is not responsible for declaring the legal designation on this issue. But he did speak of serious human rights violations and cited witnesses.He said France has condemned the practices at multiple levels, has called for their end and tried to get the matter on the international agenda. Pages 12 RELATED ARTICLES Bombing in Pakistan’s Lahore kills three amid surge in Taliban attacks Jan 21, 2022 0 0 First flights to Tonga deliver aid, more help on the way Jan 21, 2022 0 0 Germany, US warn Iran on N-talks Jan 21, 2022 0 0 Philippines’ population growth slowed to 0.3 percent in 2021 dpa Manila Population growth in the Philippines is projected to have slowed down to just 0.3 per cent in 2021, the slowest in over 70 years, as Filipinos delayed having children amid the Covid-19 pandemic, a government .. North Korea hints at possible restart to nuclear tests dpa Seoul After the US imposed new sanctions, North Korea has indirectly threatened to start testing nuclear bombs and intercontinental missiles again. North Korean state media KCNA reported Thursday that the .. UN mission in Mali starts air operations again dpa Nairobi The UN mission in Mali will resume its air operations after talks with the Malian authorities, after the flights were stopped by the military junta in the crisis-torn West African country. The military junta ..