PARIS—France’s parliament passed an opposition-led motion asking the government to condemn the Chinese regime for “crimes against humanity and genocide” against the Uyghur Muslim minority and to take foreign policy measures to make this stop.
The non-binding motion, led by the Socialist party and supported by several other opposition parties, was adopted with 169 votes for and one vote against.
Coming ahead of the start of the Winter Olympics in China, the motion also asked the government to protect Uyghur residents in France against any intimidation or harassment by the Chinese communist regime.
Activists and U.N. rights experts say at least 1 million Muslims are being detained in camps in the remote western region of Xinjiang. The activists and some Western politicians accuse the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) of using torture, forced labor, and sterilizations.
The United States, Australia, and Britain are among Western nations that have said they will not send officials to the 2022 Winter Olympics in order to send the CCP a message over its human rights record.