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ACT Fights For Human Rights


The ACT Party is proud to have prompted a debate in
Parliament about the human rights abuses against the Uyghur
people in China,” says ACT’s Deputy Leader and Foreign
Affairs spokesperson Brooke van Velden.

“I have
worked with all parties across Parliament to ensure we came
up with a consensus on the motion so that this important
debate could go ahead.

“Labour wanted to soften the
language and remove the word “genocide.” It’s a sad
state of affairs that we need to soften our language to
debate the hard issues. We have been willing to make this
compromise in order for a debate to take place at
all.

“The debate will take place in Parliament
tomorrow following Question Time.

“New Zealand must
assert ourselves and our values and not be picked on by one
country.

“We cannot sit by as a democratic nation as
a genocide is happening in one of our largest trading
partners. It’s a matter of human rights.

“I’d
like to thank my colleagues across the House for their
cooperation as we look to debate this import
issue.

“ACT will continue to call this what it is, a
genocide.”

The wording on the Motion which was
agreed by the Business Committee will be released in the
morning.

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