The below statment was published by Temple Garden Chambers, Photo credit Temple Garden Chambers
The Complaint submitted to the ICC Prosecutor on behalf of the East Turkestan Government in exile concerning the alleged genocide and crimes against humanity committed against the Uyghur and other Turkic peoples of East Turkestan, has been extensively reported on and widely supported since it was filed last month.
Media outlets around the world have reported on the filing. The news reports have highlighted that credible evidence of serious international crimes has been submitted to the Prosecutor including in respect of the alleged deportation of Uyghurs by the Chinese authorities from outside of China into East Turkestan, and that the scale and gravity of the crimes warranted a full investigation to be opened by the Prosecutor. The links to certain of the news articles are here:
The Guardian – Exiled Uighurs call on ICC to investigate Chinese ‘genocide’ in Xinjiang https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/jul/07/exiled-uighurs-call-on-icc-to-investigate-chinese-genocide-in-xinjiang
The Independent – Exiled Uighurs push for ICC to investigate ‘genocide’ in Xinjiang https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/uighur-china-exiles-icc-genocide-crimes-against-humanity-complaint-a9606921.html
The Times – Uighurs seek genocide charges against Beijing https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/uighurs-seek-genocide-charges-against-beijing-cq6hdrjcc
Al Jazeera English – Uighur group urges ICC to probe alleged China genocide https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBwJbvaVcYY
New York Times – Uighur Exiles Push for Court Case Accusing China of Genocide https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/06/world/asia/china-xinjiang-uighur-court.html
RFI Radio France Internationale – Dossier Ouïghour à la CPI : «Nos éléments de preuve sont accablants», selon l’avocate Anne Coulon https://www.rfi.fr/fr/asie-pacifique/20200723-ouïghours-dossier-cpi-chine-avocate-anne-coulon
Libération – CPI: timide Espoir pour les Ouïghours et les Rohingyas https://www.liberation.fr/amphtml/planete/2020/08/03/timide-espoir-pour-les-ouighours-et-les-rohingyas_1795972
Forbes – https://www.forbes.com/sites/ewelinaochab/2020/07/07/could-the-international-criminal-court-investigate-atrocities-against-the-uighur-muslims-in-china/#2b1e1a932cbe
Washington Post – https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/whats-happening-in-xinjiang-is-genocide/2020/07/06/cde3f9da-bfaa-11ea-9fdd-b7ac6b051dc8_story.html
BBC Newsnight – https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p08l1dhw
CNN – https://edition.cnn.com/2020/07/30/asia/xinjiang-sterilization-women-human-rights-intl-hnk/index.html
Wall Street Journal – https://www.wsj.com/articles/representatives-of-chinas-uighurs-file-evidence-to-international-criminal-court-11594078290
Many Governments have since spoken out against the crimes being committed against the Uyghur peoples. In the United Kingdom, Prime Minister Boris Johnson has recently stated that the UK Government has “serious concerns about the treatment of the Uyghurs and about the human rights abuses”, while Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab denounced the “gross, egregious human rights violations”.
The ICC Prosecutor is currently considering the Complaint that has been filed to determine whether to apply to the Judges to open an investigation. Rodney Dixon QC, Anne Coulon and Paul Erdunast are representing the East Turkestan Government in exile in these proceedings before the ICC.