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Motion defeated in upper chamber 29-33 Senators declined to label China’s treatment of its Muslim minority Uyghur population as a genocide Tuesday evening. A motion brought forward by Sen. Leo Housakos called on the Senate to recognize that a genocide is currently being carried out against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims. Twenty-nine senators voted in favour of the motion, 33 senators voted against and 13 abstained. The motion also called upon the International Olympic Committee to move the 2022 Olympic Games out of China should the Chinese government continue to perpetrate a “genocide.” The vote in the Senate follows on a similar vote in the House in February which saw a substantial majority of MPs — including most of the Liberals who participated — vote in favour of labelling China’s treatment of the Uyghurs as genocide.

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