Unofficial court says China’s Xi is responsible for ‘genocide’ in Uyghur

Ethnic Uighur protesters take part in an anti-China rally, in Istanbul
FILE PHOTO: Ethnic Uighur protesters take part in an anti-China rally, in Istanbul, Turkey, October 1, 2021. REUTERS / Dilara Senkaya / File Photo

December 10, 2021

BEIJING/LONDON (Reuters) – An unofficial court of lawyers and campaigners says Chinese President Xi Jinping must be primarily responsible for what they say is genocide, crimes against species. people and torture Uighurs and members of other ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region.

China has dismissed the court, which is headed by British lawyer Geoffrey Nice, and has no power to sanction or enforce, calling it a “farce” used by its enemies to spread lies.

“The People’s Republic of China (PRC) has committed genocide, crimes against humanity, and torture against Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other ethnic minority citizens in the northwestern region of China. called Xinjiang,” said UK-based Uyghur Court Thursday.

“The court is satisfied that President Xi Jinping… and other senior officials in the People’s Republic of China and the CCP (Communist Party of China) are primarily responsible for the acts that have occurred in Xinjiang.”

The World Uyghur Congress (WUC), which represents the interests of predominantly Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang and around the world, has asked Nice by 2020 to establish an independent tribunal to investigating allegations of abuse in Xinjiang.

Some foreign lawmakers and parliamentarians, as well as US secretaries of state in both the Biden and Trump administrations, have deemed the treatment of Uyghurs to be genocide.

But China has vehemently denied that.

In a statement on Thursday, the country’s foreign ministry dismissed the WUC as a separatist organization controlled and funded by anti-Chinese forces in the United States and the West.

“This so-called court has no legal credentials nor can it be trusted,” a ministry spokesman said, describing the testimony given as untrue and the final ruling a “principal farce”. ruled by a few jesters.”

“Liar cannot hide the truth, cannot deceive the international community, and cannot stop the historical progress of… the stability, development and prosperity of Xinjiang,” a ministry spokesman said. know about the Uyghur court.

UN experts and human rights groups estimate more than a million people, mostly Uighurs and members of other Muslim minorities, have been detained in recent years in an extensive camp system in Xinjiang.

China initially denied the camps existed but later said they were vocational training centers and were designed to combat extremism. At the end of 2019, China said all those in the camp had “graduated”.

Munich-based WUC welcomed the court’s ruling.

The Chinese Embassy in London said the court was a tool of enemies spreading China’s lies.

An embassy spokesman said it was “nothing more than a political tool used by some anti-China and separatist elements to deceive and mislead the public.

“Anyone with a conscience and reason will not be deceived or deceived,” the spokesman said.

(Reporting by Ryan Woo in Beijing and Guy Faulconbridge in London; Additional reporting by Beijing Newsroom; Editing by Michael Perry, Robert Birsel) Unofficial court says China’s Xi is responsible for ‘genocide’ in Uyghur


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