On Thursday the 20th January, the House of Commons will debate a motion, tabled by Nusrat Ghani MP, calling on the government to conduct an assessment of whether there is “serious risk” that genocide is being committed in the Uyghur region. The motion comes in response to the Uyghur Tribunal’s determination that the Chinese government is committing genocide against Uyghurs and other Turkic groups in the region.
Under international law, the government is required to act to prevent genocide when there is “serious risk” of it taking place – this motion asks the government to make an assessment on whether the “serious risk” threshold has been met.
It is vital that MPs turn out for this debate and demonstrate there is still strong parliamentary impetus surrounding the Uyghur genocide. Without cross-party, cross-faith support for the motion, the government will continue to evade their moral and legal obligations to protect communities facing genocide.
We are asking our supporters to write to their MPs and engage with them on social media to ask them to attend and speak at the debate on Thursday. You can find an email template and content for social media in our social media engagement pack below.