Samuel Cogolati (Samuel Cogolati) introduced a bill in the Brussels parliament in February that defined the fate of the Uighurs in China as “genocide.”
His country may be the first country in the world to define the plight of Uyghurs in China as genocide. However, the slowness of its parliamentary procedures, the difficulty of forming a government in the country, and undoubtedly the prudence adopted in facing such a decision and its possible consequences have weakened the hopes of Belgian human rights defenders to a certain extent. Canada, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom have already voted on this.
any. Samuel Cogolati (Samuel Cogolati) will at least continue to serve as the first parliamentarian on the planet to imagine and draft a proposal in this direction. The Belgian House of Representatives will hold a debate in May to hear the opinions of Chinese exiles, refugee camp survivors and international law experts. On the day he formally filed the bill in February, “The President of the Chamber and the leaders of all political groups in the General Assembly received China’s request not to review the text within an hour,”, He confided, still surprised.
Does the proposal have a chance to go beyond the slope? The lenient Alexandre de Crewe government has not yet taken a position, but the elected members of the French-speaking green party ECOLO are confident: “China has underestimated the importance of values in our democratic country, He says. Then, let us stop imagining ourselves facing David facing the giant David. In any case, if we do nothing, things will only get worse. “
The 32-year-old grandson of Italian immigrants, Mr. Cogolati, is a doctor of law from the Catholic University of Leuven. He passed Harvard University and King’s College London before becoming a world celebrity for another reason. On March 22, he found himself on the list of ten people and four entities that Beijing took measures against him, in response to Europe’s decision to sanction four people responsible for suppressing Muslim minorities.In particular, members of the European Parliament Raphaël Glucksmann and Reinhard Bütikofer were appointed “A serious attack on China’s sovereignty and interests” And spread “Malicious lies and false information.”
Invite firmly “Correct your mistakes”, The young Walloon deputy, elected for the first time in May 2019, agreed, On twitter, Had “Make me shudder” It is understood that he and his family will be banned from living in mainland China, Macau and Hong Kong, and will not be allowed to communicate with Chinese celebrities or entities. Today he laughed: “I didn’t plan to go to Beijing for a holiday, and I’m not interested in it either.” In any case, there is no doubt that the fight should be stopped: “The duty of parliamentarians is to protect democracy and human rights.”