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To: All Members of Parliament of New Zealand
NZ Parliament declare genocide: stop Uyghur suffering
We ask all members of New Zealand Parliament to take an ethical and human rights stand in world history, and make a declaration that the oppression of the Uyghur people of East Turkestan/ Xinjiang, China, is genocide.
Genocide is defined by the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide:
"Article II: In the present Convention, genocide means any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such:
1. Killing members of the group;
2. Causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group;
3. Deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part;
4. Imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group;
5. Forcibly transferring children of the group to another group."
New Zealand must stop contributing to the genocide:
✪ We ask that New Zealand stop importing supplies and products from Xinjiang, or made by Uyghur forced (slave) labour, such as cotton and other products.
✪ We ask that New Zealand send human rights observers and labour inspectors to East Turkestan/ Xinjiang, China, with free access to inspect all places of concern such as re-education centres/ mass internment prisons/ concentration camps/ forced labour sites.
✪ We ask that New Zealand re-examines its ethical standards in trade, and make the necessary adjustments to New Zealand's trade, to not be complicit by trading with a country which is committing genocide.
✪ We ask that the New Zealand government prevents local companies, such as technology companies, from enabling the oppression and mass surveillance of Uyghurs.
Why is this important?
For oppression to be classed as genocide, only one aspect of the definition would have to be fulfilled. What is happening to the Uyghur people is the entire definition of genocide.
Uyghurs are suffering:
• Intrusive surveillance.
• Mass detention (millions put in prison).
• Political indoctrination (brainwashing).
• Forced cultural assimilation (their culture and language banned.)
• Mass forced labour (slavery, including being sold in lots of 50-100 people.)
• Organ harvesting.
• Children removed and put in orphanages.
• Mass birth control and sterilisation.
• Rape and torture.
• Unable to travel or leave.
• Unable to communicate with friend or family overseas.
New Zealand is a signatory of the Genocide Convention. It is important for countries around the world to fulfill our role in humanity to prevent and stop horrific abuses of human rights and death.
New Zealand as a country wants to maintain peace and uphold human rights. We say Never Again. Our elected representatives must say "Never Again" to the horrific killing of a race of people.