(LONDON) LATEST: China has committed genocide against the Uyghur people in Xinjiang, an unofficial UK-based tribunal has found #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Dec.12: Sir Geoffrey Nice, a prominent British barrister who chaired the tribunal hearings, said its panel was satisfied China had “affected a deliberate, systematic and concerted policy” to bring about “long-term reduction of Uyghur and other ethnic minority populations”. He added that the panel believed senior officials including the Chinese president Xi Jinping bore “primary responsibility” for the abuses against Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region.

#AceDailyNews says according to local UK media the Uyghur Tribunal cited birth control and sterilisation measures allegedly carried out by the state against the Uyghurs as the primary reason for reaching its conclusion on Thursday.

By Joel Gunter
BBC News

Uyghurs during a demonstration in Parliament Square, London Thursday April 22, 2021
Uyghurs have staged protests in London urging the government to accuse China of genocide

The tribunal’s panel was made up of lawyers and academics. Its findings have no legal force and are not binding on ministers, but its organisers said at the outset they intended to add to the body of evidence around the allegations against China and reach an independent conclusion on the question of genocide.

The Chinese government denies all accusations of human rights abuses in Xinjiang. Responding to the tribunal’s ruling on Thursday, a spokesman told the BBC the body was a “pseudo tribunal” and a “political tool used by a few anti-China elements to deceive and mislead the public”.

Reading the tribunal’s judgement, Sir Geoffrey said there was “no evidence of mass killings” in Xinjiang, but he said that the alleged efforts to prevent births amounted to genocidal intent. The panel also said it had found evidence of crimes against humanity, torture, and sexual violence against the Uyghur people.

Speaking to the BBC after the judgment, Sir Iain Duncan Smith, the former Conservative Party leader and co-chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, said it was time for the UK government to accuse China of genocide.

“The British government said the evidence needed to be assessed by a competent court, well it doesn’t get more competent than this,” he said.

“The government now needs to stop messing around. The genocide taking place in Xinjiang has got to dominate our relationship with China.”

Conservative MP Nus Ghani called the conclusion of the tribunal “groundbreaking”.

“This tribunal was set up to the highest legal standards and the evidence that that was put forward today shows that there is enough proof beyond reasonable doubt that there was an intent to commit genocide,” she told the BBC. 

“What is particularly troubling is the evidence that this genocide is in particular targeted at women, and focused on preventing births.”

The Chinese state has been accused of crimes against humanity and genocide in Xinjiang, a large region in the country’s north-west which is home to the Uyghurs and other minority Muslim groups.

Experts say that at least a million Uyghurs and other Muslims have been detained in the region and held in extra-judicial camps or sent to prisons. Former detainees and residents of Xinjiang have made allegations of torture, forced sterilisation and sexual abuse.

Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, who led the prosecution of Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic, chaired the tribunal’s hearings

The Uyghur Tribunal heard from more than 70 witnesses over two sets of hearings in London in June and September, including former detainees and experts. Among the witnesses was the Uyghur linguist Abduweli Ayup, who testified about the harassment of his family in Xinjiang and the 15-month sentence imposed on him in his absence for inciting terrorism – a common allegation levelled by the Chinese state against Uyghurs.

Mr Ayup told the BBC the finding of genocide was “very encouraging”. 

“I was sentenced by the Chinese government, now I hope after this ruling someone can sentence them. Many Uyghurs have been sent to prison only for being Uyghur, now it is time their oppressors are also sentenced,” he said.

The issue of whether China’s alleged abuses amount to a genocide has divided the international community. The US government has accused China of a genocide against the Uyghurs, and the parliaments of the UK, Canada, the Netherlands, and Lithuania have passed resolutions making the same declaration. 

But the UK government has declined to accuse China of genocide. Prime Minister Boris Johnson has argued that genocide is a specific term with legal force that should only be determined by a criminal court.

The case for genocide is based on reports that China is taking steps to erase the culture of the Uyghurs and assimilate or diminish the population through programmes of forced relocation and birth control.

In a report published in April, the US-based charity Human Rights Watch concluded that China was responsible for crimes against humanity in Xinjiang – but stopped short of calling the state’s actions a genocide.

Amnesty International activists deliver a petition to Free Xinjiang Detainees at the Chinese Embassy in London, UK on 7 October 2021.

China: UN must act on Xinjiang atrocities after petition shows mass global outrage

  • More than 323,000 people worldwide sign Amnesty International’s ‘Free Xinjiang Detainees’ petition
  • Open letter urges UN to investigate human rights violations against Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other Muslim minorities
  • New testimonies reveal impact on detainees’ family members

The international community must strongly condemn the ongoing serious human rights violations in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang) and pave the way for justice and accountability, Amnesty International said today in an open letter to UN member states.

The call comes after 323,832 people from 184 countries and territories signed the organization’s petition calling on the Chinese authorities to release the hundreds of thousands of Muslim minority men and women arbitrarily detained and subjected to mass internment, torture and persecution in Xinjiang.

Around the world, hundreds of thousands of people have signed our petition to express their outrage at evidence of crimes against humanity and other serious human rights violations being inflicted on Muslims in Xinjiang

Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.

“Around the world, hundreds of thousands of people have signed our petition to express their outrage at evidence of crimes against humanity and other serious human rights violations being inflicted on Muslims in Xinjiang,” said Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s Secretary General.

“It’s a clear sign that people around the world see through China’s efforts to silence critics and lash out in response to credible reporting on its atrocities in Xinjiang. Every signature is a direct call on China to immediately stop this systematic persecution.

“The Chinese government must immediately release all people arbitrarily detained in the camps and in prisons, dismantle the internment camp system, and end the systematic attacks against predominantly Muslim ethnic groups in Xinjiang.”

Amnesty International reached the conclusion in its own report.

Erbakit Otarbay, an ethnic Kazakh, describes being subjected to forced labour, indoctrination and beatings in Xinjiang

The Uyghur Tribunal was established by Sir Geoffrey at the urging of the World Uyghur Congress, a global activist group. The president of the WUC, Dolkun Isa, told the BBC the tribunal’s judgment represented a “historic day” for the Uyghur people.

“Now there is no excuse for the international community to continue its silence on the Uyghur genocide,” he said. “It is the legal obligation of all countries who signed the 1948 genocide convention to take legal action.”

Reading the judgment on Thursday, Sir Geoffrey said the tribunal had formed in part because no international criminal court had taken up an investigation into the alleged abuses in Xinjiang. 

The International Criminal Court announced in December last year that it would not investigate the allegations because China, as a non-member, was outside of its jurisdiction. 

Meanwhile, the International Court of Justice can only take a case that has been approved by the UN Security Council, over which China has veto power.

“Had any other body, domestic or international, determined or sought to determine these issues, the tribunal would have been unnecessary,” Sir Geoffrey said.

The tribunal’s final report follows announcement by the US, UK and Canadian government of diplomatic boycotts of the Winter Olympics in China next year. 

Mr Johnson said on Wednesday that the UK, like the US and Canada, would not pursue a sporting boycott of the games.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Dec.11: 2021:

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(BEIJING) Winter Olympics Report: China has warned countries who have announced a diplomatic boycott of the Beijing Winter Olympics that they “will pay the price for their mistaken acts” #AceNewsDesk report

#AceDailyNews says that China warns nations after the US, UK, Australia and Canada will not send government representatives to the Games because of concerns over China’s human rights record according to BBC World News Report:

John Kerry: 2022 Winter Olympics diplomatic boycott is not a lecture: This includes widespread allegations of abuse against the Uyghur minority group.

France, host of the next Summer Games, said it would not join the boycott.

The Winter Olympics are set to take place in Beijing in February. 

“The United States, Britain and Australia have used the Olympics platform for political manipulation,” Wang Wenbin, a spokesperson at the Chinese foreign ministry, said. 

Reuters: The Beijing Winter Olympics are set to take place in February

Chinese state media claimed on Wednesday that Beijing “never planned to invite US and Western politicians who hype the ‘boycott’ topic”. 

The US was the first country to announce a diplomatic boycott, with Australia, Canada and the UK following suit. 

The move by these countries stops short of preventing athletes from attending – something which has been welcomed by International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach. 

“The presence of government officials is a political decision for each government so the principle of IOC neutrality applies,” he said.

Relations between the boycotting nations and China have been tense in recent years. 

The US has accused China of genocide in its repression of the Uyghurs and other Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang region. China denies all allegations of human rights abuses, saying its network of detention camps in Xinjiang are for “re-education” of the Uyghurs and other Muslims.

Relations are also strained over a crackdown on political freedoms in Hong Kong and concerns over Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, who was not seen for weeks after she accused a top government official of sexual assault. 

The Women’s Tennis Association last week suspended all tournaments in China because of “serious doubts” about Ms Peng’s safety.

Relations with Canada have also been turbulent over its arrest of a top executive with Chinese tech giant Huawei, and the subsequent detention of two Canadians in China. All three were released earlier this year.

New Zealand is not sending its officials due to the pandemic but has also raised concerns in the past about human rights issues in China. 

Other countries – including Japan – are said to be considering diplomatic boycotts of the Games. 

Italy says it is not planning to join the diplomatic boycott. Russian President Vladimir Putin has accepted an invitation to attend, despite his country being banned from competing due to a doping scandal in 2014.

#AceNewsDesk report ………….Published: Dec.10: 2021:

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(WASHINGTON) State Dept Report: Legislation on Wednesday to banned the import of products from China’s Xinjiang region, the latest effort to punish Beijing for what U.S. officials say is an ongoing genocide against Uyghurs and other Muslim groups #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – July.15: Security guards stand at the gates of what is officially known as a vocational skills education center in Huocheng County in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region

WASHINGTON: U.S. Senate passes bill UNDER ‘The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act’ that would create a “rebuttable presumption” assuming goods manufactured in Xinjiang are made with forced labor and therefore banned under the 1930 Tariff Act, unless otherwise certified by U.S. authorities.

Issuance of the Updated Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory

The U.S. Department of State, alongside the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the U.S. Department of Commerce, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, and the U.S. Department of Labor, issued an updated Xinjiang Supply Chain Business Advisory in response to the government of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and the growing evidence of its use of forced labor there. The updated Advisory highlights the heightened risks for businesses with supply chain and investment links to Xinjiang given the entities complicit in forced labor and other human rights abuses there and throughout China.

Among other elements, the updated Business Advisory:

  • Includes information from the Department of Labor and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, which are now co-signatories;
  • Notes that the PRC government is perpetrating genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang;
  • Provides specific information regarding risks related to investment in PRC companies linked to surveillance and forced labor in Xinjiang;
  • Strengthens recommendations for businesses regarding the risks and potential exposure related to supply chains and investment links to Xinjiang, including but not limited to surveillance;
  • Updates the list of U.S. government enforcement actions in and in connection to Xinjiang;
  • Adds information on silicon and polysilicon supply chains linked to Xinjiang; and
  • Provides a list of other countries’ relevant regulatory provisions and information on forced labor in supply chains.

Additional News: Reuters – Asia & China News

The United States will continue to promote accountability for the PRC’s atrocities and other abuses through a whole-of-government effort and in close coordination with the private sector and our allies and partners.

Reuters Asia & China News

Passed by unanimous consent, the bipartisan measure would shift the burden of proof to importers. The current rule bans goods if there is reasonable evidence of forced labor.

The bill must also pass the House of Representatives before it can be sent to the White House for President Joe Biden to sign into law. It was not immediately clear when that might take place.

Republican Senator Marco Rubio, who introduced the legislation with Democrat Jeff Merkley, called on the House to act quickly.

“We will not turn a blind eye to the CCP’s ongoing crimes against humanity, and we will not allow corporations a free pass to profit from those horrific abuses,” Rubio said in a statement.

“No American corporation should profit from these abuses. No American consumers should be inadvertently purchasing products from slave labor,” Merkley said.

Democratic and Republican aides said they expected the measure would get strong support in the House, noting the House approved a similar measure nearly unanimously last year. read more

The bill would go beyond steps already taken to secure U.S. supply chains in the face of allegations of rights abuses in China, including existing bans on Xinjiang tomatoes, cotton and some solar products. read more

The Biden administration has increased sanctions, and on Tuesday issued an advisory warning businesses they could be in violation of U.S. law if operations are linked even indirectly to surveillance networks in Xinjiang. read more

Rights groups, researchers, former residents and some Western lawmakers and officials say Xinjiang authorities have facilitated forced labor by detaining around a million Uyghurs and other primarily Muslim minorities since 2016.

Reuters: Reporting by Michael Martina; additional reporting by Patricia Zengerle; Editing by Leslie Adler

#AceNewsDesk report ……Published: July.15: 2021:

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