Now, despite direct pressure on Lithuanian MPs, Vilnius is planning to recognise repressions against the Uighurs as genocide.
The letters came only after Å akalienÄ proposed to draft a resolution in the Lithuanian parliament on the persecution of Uighurs and other minorities in China.
The US, Canada and the Netherlands, so far the only EU country, have described Beijing's actions against its citizens in Xinjiang province as genocide.
According to Å akalienÄ, Beijingâs actions amount to genocide defined in the UN Convention and Lithuania is now coordinating and preparing its response.
The interparliamentary alliance is also calling for a comprehensive, independent international inquiry into China.
However, when EU ambassadors asked to meet with the imprisoned Uighur activist and Sakharov Prize winner Ilham Tohti, the planned visit was frozen.
However, Janda is skeptical about the possibility to recognise the Uighur genocide even at the EU level. »