China’s treatment of Uighurs is genocide : worldnewsFebruary 25, 2021
Dutch person here.
For a long time the Dutch government’s approach to the human rights questions raised about China was to essentially smile, wave and hope the reporter asking the questions shuts the fuck up (see 4:02 onwards for the smile and wave), in order to preserve the relatively good trade relations with China. We even got a panda a few years back because we were such good friends.
For a long time this wasn’t really a problem because we didn’t yet know the extent of the situation the Uighurs were facing, but in the past few years there has been a significant shift in public opinion, especially from the Muslim community in the Netherlands.
We were (and really still are) kinda in the limbo of wanting good trade relations with China but also wanting to force China to stop abusing people. The biggest party, the VVD (although the government is a coalition, however parties from the coalition did also vote in favour here, the VVD being absent on this list), is very economically minded so the government is doing everything to maintain trade relations with China but also trying to please the growing group of people who want to make China stop, and this limbo essentially led to the smile and wave attitude and they just tried to put off doing anything about it.
It’s good to see the Parliament take this step. Hopefully the recent momentum this has gotten in the international community will put enough pressure on China to change its behaviour. It’s not much right now but it’s a step in the right direction.