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San Francisco apologizes for historical racism, violence against Chinese Americans

San Francisco Chinese American Discrimination Apology
  • The San Francisco Board of Supervisors released a resolution apologizing for the "systemic and structural discrimination" the city imposed against the Chinese American community over the past 150 years.
  • The resolution, filed by Supervisor Matt Haney in November, was prepared by three local undergraduate and high school students: Drew Min of UC Berkeley, Dennis Casey Wu of Lowell High School and George Tilton-Low of Stanford University.
  • The resolution was announced on Tuesday, coinciding with the celebration of the Lunar New Year.
  • San Francisco’s apology comes months after earlier formal apologies made by three other California cities — Antioch, San Jose and Los Angeles — last year.

San Francisco has formally apologized for its historical discrimination and violence against the Chinese community, becoming the fourth city in California to do so.

On Tuesday, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors revealed its unanimous support of a resolution that recognizes the city’s discriminatory policies implemented against residents of Chinese descent, reported the San Francisco Chronicle.

China slams Japan human rights resolution as ‘malicious slander,’ ‘gross interference’

Japanese Parliament Resolution
  • Japan’s parliament has adopted a resolution expressing concerns over alleged human rights issues in China ahead of the opening of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics on Friday.
  • While the parliamentary resolution did not mention “China,” it cited the "serious human rights situation" in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong.
  • China responded by stating that Japan itself committed crimes when it “launched a war against other countries.”

Japanese lawmakers have adopted a resolution expressing concerns over alleged human rights issues in China. 

On Tuesday, the House of Representatives of Japan’s legislative body, the National Diet, urged the Chinese government to address the “serious human rights situation” in Xinjiang, Tibet and Hong Kong, reported Reuters

France officially recognizes China’s treatment of Uyghurs as ‘genocide’ in parliamentary resolution

france parliament uyghur genocide
  • On Tuesday, France adopted an opposition-led resolution condemning China’s treatment of Uyghurs as “genocide.”
  • “We refuse to submit to propaganda from a regime that is banking on our cowardice and our avarice to perpetrate a genocide in plain sight," said Socialist Party leader Olivier Faure.
  • The Chinese embassy in France released a statement saying the “genocide” allegations are “pure lies based on prejudices and hostility towards China.”

French lawmakers have condemned the Chinese government’s treatment of the Uyghur people with an official resolution calling it a “genocide.” 

On Tuesday, France’s National Assembly adopted the non-binding resolution that “officially recognizes the violence perpetrated by the People’s Republic of China against the Uyghurs as constituting crimes against humanity and genocide,” reported Agence France-Presse.

New Jersey Senate condemns 1984 Sikh genocide in new resolution

NJ Resolution Sikh Massacre
  • On Jan. 10th, the New Jersey Senate passed Resolution 142, officially condemning the anti-Sikh violence that took place in India.
  • The resolution lists a higher death toll than is officially recognized by the Indian government.
  • Sikh American communities across the United States are recognized as having been formed by many refugees from the massacre.

The New Jersey Senate has passed a resolution formally recognizing and condemning the 1984 massacre against Sikhs in India as a genocide as well as acknowledging the subsequent migration of Sikhs from India to the United States.

Resolution 142 was introduced on Jan. 7th by Senator Stephen M. Sweeney and was passed unanimously three days later.