tirsdag 8. juni 2021

Uyghur Tribunal Wraps up With Testimony on Enforced Disappearances, Detentions, And Deaths

Witnesses and experts testified about enforced disappearances, the compulsory sterilization of women and forced contraception, organ harvesting, and torture by Chinese authorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) on the final day of a tribunal in London investigating whether China’s treatment of its ethnic Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims constitutes genocide.

The nine-member tribunal chaired by prominent British lawyer Geoffrey Nice conducted the first set of hearings known as the “Uyghur Tribunal” on June 4-7 at the headquarters of the Church of England. A second round of hearings will be held on Sept. 10-13. On Monday, eight voluntary witnesses and experts appeared before the tribunal and its counsel to answer questions based on earlier submitted written testimony and reports. In all, more than 30 witnesses and experts have provided testimony and appeared before the tribunal, which has no state backing or powers of sanction or enforcement. Any judgments issued are nonbinding on any government.