People’s tribunal concludes China is committing genocide against Uyghurs

People's tribunal concludes China is committing genocide against Uyghurs

China has committed the crime of genocide by imposing measures aimed at reducing the birth rate of Uyghurs in Xinjiang, a UK-based people’s tribunal has concluded.

The Uyghur Tribunal, chaired by Sir Geoffrey Nice QC and comprised of various legal and human rights experts, issued its final judgment yesterday, which condemns the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

It adopts, as a starting point, no outright hostility to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) or its opposition to separatism – noting that countries’ entitlement to maintain their boundaries “has recently been defended in Spain and the United Kingdom, by way of examples”.

The tribunal said there was “no evidence of organised mass killings” and rejected comparisons to the Holocaust, but said it is “satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that the PRC, by the imposition of measures to prevent births intended to destroy a significant part of the Uyghurs in Xinjiang as such, has committed genocide”.

It also found that torture of Uyghurs attributable to the PRC “is established beyond reasonable doubt”, as well as crimes against humanity including acts of “deportation or forcible transfer, imprisonment or other severe deprivation of physical liberty, torture, rape and other sexual violence, enforced sterilisation, persecution, enforced disappearance, and other inhumane acts”.

A spokesperson for the Chinese Embassy in London has dismissed the “pseudo tribunal” as “nothing but a political tool used by a few anti-China and separatist elements to deceive and mislead the public”.

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