Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Latest News
• NA session will be held at 10am Friday • PM Imran Khan announces 70 thousand ‘Rehmatulil Aalameen Scholarships’ for all Pakistanis • Govt. to spend Rs5.5b on this scholarship annually, Rs28bn in five year • Covid-19 precautionary should be observed in court premises: PHC • KP Doctors threaten to go on strike for regularisation of service • IHC suspends cabinet’s decision to dismiss Drap CEO • CDA to ensure water supply during Ramadan • 135 law enforcement officials injured in the violent clash with TLP activists • LHC issues notices to British council, ministry over plea again physical attendance in O&A level exams • Punjab govt. to set up special courts for overseas Pakistanis • PM to announce package for Sindh: Haleem Adil Sheikh • Sindh’s share in national resource reduced due to ‘faulty’ census: CM Sindh • Centre tells SHC that agency is formed to deal with assault, kidnapping • Govt moving towards PSM revival: Soomro • PN ship returns after relief mission in Africa • SC summons Sindh chief secretary over water cess law • ECP allows perusal of PTI’s financial documents • Law will decide sugar barons’ fate: PM Khan • PM, Uzbek president agree to boost bilateral ties • Pakistan set to achieve fiscal sustainability: IMF • ECC exempts three Punjab power plants from LNG purchase • Afghan troops ‘fully capable’ of defending country: President Ashraf Ghani • Denmark cuts AstraZeneca vaccine altogether • Bangladesh imposes strict lockdown in Dhaka • Sputnik V vaccine does not cause blood clots: Russia • Jordan arrested senior suspect over contact with Saudi crown prince
News Alert
    • Covid Updates: 5,395 cases reported while 118 deaths recorded in last 24 hrs
    • Currently, 77,294 cases are active in the country
    • The death toll reaches 15,872 in Pakistan
    • 3,645 people recovered in last 24 hrs
    • The current positivity rate is 8.34% in the country 


“Genocide” is the wrong word for China’s persecution of Uyghurs

To confront evil, the first step is to describe it accurately.

According to “The Economist”, when Ronald Reagan cried “tear down this wall”, everyone knew what he meant. There was a wall. It imprisoned East Germans. It had to come down. One day, it did.

In the struggle between democracy and dictatorship, it is crucial that democracies tell the truth in plain language. Dictatorships will always lie and obfuscate to conceal their true nature. Democracies can tell it like it is. Bear this in mind when deciding what to call China’s persecution of the Uyghurs.

On his last full day in office, Donald Trump’s secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, called it “genocide”. Although Joe Biden did not use that word this week in his first talk with Xi Jinping, China’s president, his administration has repeated it and lawmakers in Britain are mulling it. But is it accurate?

By the common understanding of the word, it is not. Just as “homicide” means killing a person and “suicide” means killing yourself, “genocide” means killing a people. China’s persecution of the Uyghurs is horrific: it has locked up perhaps 1 million of them in prison camps, which it naturally mislabels “vocational training centers”. It has forcibly sterilized some Uyghur women. But it is not slaughtering them.

Having branded China with committing the most heinous of crimes, the Biden administration is confronting diplomats and multinational firms with a vexing question: how do you compartmentalize genocide?

The term was first applied by Mike Pompeo, the outgoing secretary of state, in his last full day on the job. The Biden administration has declined to rescind it. Thus the question is likely to haunt Olympic sponsors and athletes too, as next year’s winter games in Beijing draw closer.

The administration contends it can work alongside China on matters like climate change while excoriating it as genocidal because of its abuses of the Uyghur minority in the northwest province of Xinjiang.

But human-rights advocates are watching to see if the administration will stick by the accusation and follow it up with severe penalties—or, by failing to do so, diminish the power of an accusation of genocide to shock the world’s conscience.

Courtesy: The Economist

Written By

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *




Setting another precedent of love, an American woman embraced Islam, travelled to Pakistan to marry a young TikToker from Rawalpindi. Daniel, 40, from Washington...

Latest Updates

Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, former prime minister, has asked Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly Hamza Shahbaz to monitor the election campaign for the...

Latest Updates

Injured Shadab to go and Fakhar with 193 to stay On; Bad Weather to play a role too.

Latest Updates

ISLAMABAD: Cricketer Hasan Ali and his wife Samyah Khan are now proud parents of a baby girl. The bowler took to social media and...

Copyright © 2021 The Truth International