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UK Government Forced To Debate China's Human Rights Violations Thanks to Maajid Nawaz's Hunger Strike

While left-wing activists continue their push to destabilize the institutions of Western nations, China continues to systematically oppress ethnic and religious minorities.

Reports are beginning to surface that the human rights abuses in China may be “the worst crime that we have seen since the Holocaust,” yet there has been no call for action, no protests crowding the streets and very little mainstream coverage given to what could be the worst genocide the world has faced in several decades.

Thanks to the tireless work of British radio host and counterextremist Maajid Nawaz, the Western world is starting to take notice.

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On Wednesday, Nawaz declared a hunger strike in protest of the Uyghur genocide reportedly happening in China. As part of the protest, Nawaz urged his supporters to sign a petition demanding that U.K. legislation pass sanctions against China for their many human rights violations.

Once a petition reaches 100,000 signatures, the U.K. parliament is compelled to debate it.

Should China be held accountable for its actions?

As of Monday, the petition has reached over 122,000 signatures, forcing parliament to debate possible sanctions sometime in the near future.

Speaking with Nick Ferrari of Leading Britain’s Conversations, a U.K. talk radio network, Nawaz explained his reasoning for going on a hunger strike.

“I think that the most important question isn’t the fact that I went on hunger strike; it’s why I felt the need to take such a drastic action in the first place,” he said.

“Why were we not having this conversation? This video has been available since November last year as have been media reports not only of the organ harvesting and the 13 tons of illegal hair that was found but also of the forced sterilizations and the birth control that the Chinese Communist Party has imposed on the Uyghur Muslim community,” Nawaz went on.

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“This has all been out there, so the more important question is why haven’t we been talking about the genocide that has been unfolding under our noses for the second time in my life against Muslims but, of course, genocides happen against other communities too. I must say that in China, also the Buddhists, the Falun Gong and the Christians and other minorities are also persecuted.”

China’s gross misconduct was recently brought to light by resurfaced drone footage showing large crowds of China’s Uyghurs (an ethnic minority in China) bound and herded onto train cars. The images captured are chillingly reminiscent of the Holocaust.

Accusations of China’s reported Uyghur genocide are supported by a significant amount of evidence. The Jamestown Foundation, a Washington, D.C., research institute, released a report last month highlighting the mountain of evidence suggesting that such a genocide is taking place.

Among the report’s findings were government mandates enforcing the sterilization of the Uyghur population. Leaked government documents addressed in the report show that individuals who violate China’s birth control guidelines are sent to internment camps. The report also showed that these methods are working; Uyghur population growth is decreasing rapidly.



Additionally, The New York Times reported in January that men, women and children of the Uyghur community are being forced into a series of re-education and labor camps.

On July 1, products from these labor camps were discovered on American shores. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection announced that agents had seized beauty products that were made with real human hair.

Noticeably, the Uyghur prisoners in the resurfaced drone footage all have shaved heads.

A U.S. State Department spokesperson confirmed earlier this month that the evidence suggests China is committing one of the worst crimes the world has seen since the Holocaust.

“This is one of the most disturbing stories in the world,” State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said. “I think when you look at what has happened to the Uyghur people, this is potentially the worst crime that we have seen since the Holocaust.”

The many problems that free nations in the West face pale in comparison to the horrible crimes being committed by the Chinese Communist Party.

Rather than squabble about the unseen forces in Western society that many leftists claim to be systemic racism, they should focus on actual systems of systematic oppression and genocide that are happening right under our noses.

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Michael Austin joined The Western Journal as a staff reporter in 2020. Since then, he has authored hundreds of stories, including several original reports. He also co-hosts the outlet's video podcast, "WJ Live."
Michael Austin joined The Western Journal as a staff reporter in 2020. Since then, he has authored hundreds of stories, including several original reports. He also co-hosts the outlet's video podcast, "WJ Live."
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