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View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
Thank you very much, Chair.
Thank you to all of our witnesses for participating today. Yesterday, of course, we heard from witnesses. It was very hard to hear the testimony of many of them, and it was very moving. I like that today we are doing a lot of discussion about some of the propositions of what we can do moving forward.
I'm going to start by playing a little bit of a devil's advocate role, not necessarily because I don't agree with the Magnitsky act and calling out individuals, but just to clarify the impacts.
Mr. Browder, I'll pose this to you, and then perhaps to Mr. Mendes afterwards.
We know the Magnitsky act addresses individuals, and it does not in fact impact the underlying system. How can we enact widespread, systematic changes in China, not just on the Uighur issue, but in terms of Hong Kong, in terms of the Falun Gong, by targeting individuals one at a time? That's one question. The other one is this: When targeting individuals, is it possible that by increasing and creating this confrontation we will limit our opportunities to use diplomacy and persuasion?
Perhaps you could both comment on that. I think I know what you're going to say, but I'd like to hear your words, please.
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View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
Okay. When he comes back, I have another question for him. Hopefully I'll get another opportunity for it.
Dr. Alexeeva, you spoke a little bit about the radicalization of the Uighur activists in Xinjiang. Could you speak a little further about that, please?
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View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
Thank you very much.
Very quickly, I'll ask Ms. Kanji and Ms. Alexeeva.... We know of course that the Chinese government has an anti-Muslim or Islamophobic sentiment. Do you feel that an anti-Islam sentiment has made it much more difficult for other countries to intervene in this particular instance?
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View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
I'd like to start by asking a few more questions of Mr. Mendes. I missed an opportunity previously to ask a little bit more about private sector pressure and how we can utilize that tool.
You spoke a little bit about the Canadian ombudsperson not having the teeth, not having the ability to do the job they need to do. This is something that's very close to my heart, something I've worked on for a number of years.
Is it possible, in your opinion, that we could change the scope of the ombudsman's role to make it more effective?
Also, what further legislation would you like to have the Canadian government and Canadian parliamentarians consider as we go forward to make sure that we have good, strong anti-slavery legislation such as you indicate France has?
Could you speak a little bit to that, please?
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View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
Thank you very much to all of the witnesses. This has been very interesting. I really appreciate the propositional nature of our conversation today.
I wanted to touch on something we heard yesterday.
We heard some very harrowing testimony from some of our witnesses on the use of sexual violence and rape within the territory. I'm wondering, Ms. Alexeeva, if you could comment on that and share any information you may have on that particular topic.
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View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
Can I ask, in terms of intermarriage and some of the sexual violence that's perpetrated in this area, with regard to the suppression of women's reproductive rights, does that still apply to these intermarriages, or is there a different reality for that?
Ms. Kanji.
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View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
Thank you, Chair.
I would also like to take a moment to thank you both for being with us today and for sharing your very challenging stories. I know you are putting your own health, your own safety and the safety of your loved ones at risk by being here. I know we are asking you to relive memories and experiences that are indescribably painful. I want to make sure I echo the sentiments of my colleagues. As they have said, we will hear your testimony. This will make a difference. We will take your stories forward.
Similar to many of my colleagues, my first question for you is, as parliamentarians, what can we do? What would you like to see us do right now to help you and to help the Uighur people in China?
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View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
Thank you very much.
I am going to ask a few questions, in a bit more detail. I apologize for making you relive these painful memories.
Ms. Jelilova, I have a question for you? I know you mentioned you have four children. I'm also a mother. I wonder if you could talk about what happened to your children or where your children went while you were incarcerated.
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View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
Maybe just further, could you tell me, from your experience or from things you've seen, do either of you have an understanding of how children are dealt with if they are younger, if they are not in a situation where an elder child can look after the younger children?
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View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
Thank you, Chair.
I believe I'm the last questioner. I feel compelled to pass the microphone to both of our witnesses.
At this time, knowing that this is a bit of a moment for you to share, is there anything we haven't touched on today or that you feel we need to know in this committee and haven't had a chance to discuss yet? I'd just like to open it up to both of you to take a few minutes and give us anything we may have missed or any information you'd like to share with us before we conclude today.
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View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
Thank you very much for your testimony today. This is very interesting.
I have questions for all three of you, but I think I'll start with Ms. Lehr.
You talked a lot about the forced labour, and certainly I know we unfortunately cut you off a bit during your introductory comments. I'd like to give you a little space for that. One of the areas that you talked about was poverty alleviation, and that it was being used as an excuse. Could you talk about that a bit more for me, please?
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View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
I have a very quick follow-up on that. When they are sent to poverty alleviation...or into this forced labour, or into these dormitories, their children are left behind, I'm assuming. What do you know about the results of that?
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View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
I have one last question for you before I move on.
You talked a bit about making sure that we're encouraging companies to explore their supply chains. That seems to me like a nice idea that they would do that of their own volition, which may not actually be the case in some multinational corporations. What are some of the steps we could take to maybe be a little more stern than encouraging?
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View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
Excellent.
I might ask Dr. Anderson a quick question as well.
You spoke a bit about the resource extraction in the area. I'm assuming that there is evidence of forced labour being used with some of this resource extraction. Perhaps you could talk about that, and maybe about whether or not there are Canadian or international companies that are also implicated in this resource extraction that's happening in the area.
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View Heather McPherson Profile
NDP (AB)
I have only 40 seconds. Very quickly, can you confirm, then, that obviously the mineral and resource sector wealth within that region would also be a contributing factor as to why some of these impacts are being seen?
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