A bunch representing the Uyghur folks is looking on the Worldwide Legal Courtroom (ICC) to pursue expenses in opposition to Chinese language President Xi Jinping after the court docket issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“We name on the Worldwide Legal Courtroom to behave and maintain Chinese language chief Xi Jinping accountable for the continuing genocide and crimes in opposition to humanity in opposition to Uyghurs and different Turkic peoples,” Prime Minister Salih Hudayar of the East Turkistan Authorities in Exile mentioned in a Saturday press release.
“The Worldwide Legal Courtroom should uphold justice and fulfill its dedication to ‘By no means Once more’ by investigating the continuing genocide and arresting Xi Jinping for his direct position on this Holocaust-like genocide within the twenty first century.”
The press launch echoes what authorities officers throughout the globe and pro-Uyghur activists have claimed for years relating to China’s “ongoing marketing campaign of mass internment, pressured labor, pressured sterilization, and compelled household separation in opposition to Turkic ethnic teams in East Turkistan, which has been formally designated as genocide by the U.S. authorities and the Parliaments of practically a dozen western nations since 2021.”
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The press launch comes the identical week the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Putin and Russian official Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova for his or her alleged involvement in battle crimes through the invasion of Ukraine.
The ICC mentioned that Putin “is allegedly liable for the battle crime of illegal deportation of inhabitants (youngsters) and that of illegal switch of inhabitants (youngsters) from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation.”
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Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova dismissed the arrest warrant shortly after it was issued.
“Russia just isn’t a celebration to the Rome Statute of the Worldwide Legal Courtroom and doesn’t bear obligations underneath it,” Zakharova mentioned. “Russia doesn’t cooperate with this physique, and potential ‘recipes’ for arrest coming from the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice will likely be legally null and void for us.”
The press launch from the exiled Uyghurs outlines related allegations of pressured deportations of ethnically Turkic folks.
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“In June 2021, attorneys representing the ETGE and ETNM submitted extra proof to the ICC that the Chinese language Authorities is implementing a coverage of rounding up Uyghur and different ethnically Turkic folks from outdoors China, together with ICC member States reminiscent of neighboring Tajikistan, and forcefully deporting them again to East Turkistan (“Xinjiang”), the place they’re subjected to genocidal acts and crimes in opposition to humanity,” the press launch acknowledged.
“The brand new proof highlighted that upwards of three,000 Uyghurs had been forcibly deported from Tajikistan with an extra 4,000 from Kyrgyzstan.”
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Moreover, the press launch states that over 3 million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and different Turkic folks have been put in internment camps and that over 880,500 Uyghur and different Turkic youngsters have been forcibly separated from their households.
Fox Information Digital reached out to China’s U.S. Consulate and the ICC for remark however didn’t instantly obtain a response.
“The ICC is presently contemplating all the proof we’ve submitted with a purpose to determine on opening an ICC investigation,” Hudayar instructed Fox Information Digital in a press release.
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“We’re in touch with the Workplace of the Prosecutor concerning the proof submitted and are requesting that the Prosecutor ought to act immediately to start out an ICC investigation and maintain these accountable to account.”
Xi is scheduled to fly to Russia subsequent week to satisfy with Putin for a gathering the place the Kremlin says the 2 leaders will talk about “problems with additional growth of complete partnership and strategic interplay between Russia and China.”