Exiled Uyghurs approach International Criminal Court seeking justice against China

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Representative Image THE HAGUE: As China’s genocide and crimes against the Uighurs proceed, the ethnic group has lastly approached the International Criminal Court (ICC) seeking justice.
The New York Times reported {that a} group of London-based attorneys representing two Uighur activist teams have filed a criticism against China for repatriating 1000’s of Uighurs by means of illegal arrests in or deportation from Cambodia and Tajikistan. This is for the primary time that a world courtroom’s assistance is being taken against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
The two Uighur teams are the East Turkistan Government in Exile (ETGE) and the East Turkistan National Awakening Movement (ETNAM). They marketing campaign for independence for Xinjiang, which they name as East Turkestan, the title of two short-lived Uighur republics.
The EETGE mentioned, “Uighur victims have been unlawfully deported into occupied East Turkistan from Tajikistan and Cambodia. Upon return to China, they have been subjected to crimes together with many other detained Uighurs including murder, unlawful imprisonment, torture, forced birth control and sterilisation and forced marriages.”
The 80-page criticism features a listing of greater than 30 Chinese officers, together with President Xi Jinping, whom the exiled Uighurs have held accountable.
“The crimes committed against the Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and other Turkic peoples which should be investigated include — massacres, mass internment camps, torture, disappearances, forced birth control and sterilisation, forcible transfer of children from their families to Chinese state orphanages and boarding schools, measures aimed at eliminating the use of the Uyghur and other Turkic languages in schools, enhanced surveillance of Uighurs and other Turkic peoples significantly beyond that experienced by Han Chinese, repressive measures against Islam, and organ harvesting,” the ETGE mentioned.
“This can become a critical case because for so long it has been assumed that nothing could be done to hold China accountable at an international court,” Rodney Dixon, a British lawyer representing the circumstances, was quoted as saying.
The ETGE has listed witness accounts and descriptions of “brutal torture through electrocution, humiliation in the form of being forced to eat pork and drink alcohol, mandatory insertion of IUD birth control for Uighur women of child-bearing age — of which there is recent evidence of a major increase. An estimated 500,000 Uighur children being separated from their families and sent to ‘orphanage camps’, where there have been credible reports of attempted suicide by the children”.
The candidates imagine that with the courtroom’s order the victims of genocide and a number of other different atrocities will lastly see justice.
However, it’s laborious to say when the ethnic group will get justice as China doesn’t recognise the courtroom’s jurisdiction as a result of it’s not a signatory to the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the ICC.
Speaking on the jurisdiction challenge, Dixon mentioned, “The filing on behalf of the East Turkistan government in exile confirms that the ICC has jurisdiction over international crimes allegedly committed against the Uighur and other Turkic peoples. For too long it was assumed that nothing could be done by the world’s criminal court.”
“There is now a clear legal pathway to justice for the millions of Uighurs who are allegedly being persecuted on mass by the Chinese authorities. It is a breakthrough and momentous opportunity which we urge the ICC Prosecutor to pursue without delay. This chance should not be squandered,” added Dixon.