A bunch representing the Uyghur folks is looking on the Worldwide Prison Courtroom (ICC) to pursue prices towards Chinese language President Xi Jinping after the court docket issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“We name on the Worldwide Prison Courtroom to behave and maintain Chinese language chief Xi Jinping accountable for the continuing genocide and crimes towards humanity towards Uyghurs and different Turkic peoples,” Prime Minister Salih Hudayar of the East Turkistan Authorities in Exile mentioned in a Saturday press launch.
“The Worldwide Prison 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 concerning China’s “ongoing marketing campaign of mass internment, compelled labor, compelled sterilization, and compelled household separation towards 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.”
Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes arms together with his Chinese language counterpart Xi Jinping on the Kremlin in Moscow, Russia (Reuters/Evgenia Novozhenina/Pool)
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 struggle crimes throughout the invasion of Ukraine.
The ICC mentioned that Putin “is allegedly accountable for the struggle crime of illegal deportation of inhabitants (youngsters) and that of illegal switch of inhabitants (youngsters) from occupied areas of Ukraine to the Russian Federation.”
China’s discriminatory detention of Uyghurs and different principally Muslim ethnic teams within the western area of Xinjiang might represent crimes towards humanity, the U.N. human rights workplace mentioned in 2022 (AP Photograph/Mark Schiefelbein, File)
Russian Ministry of International Affairs spokeswoman Maria Zakharova dismissed the arrest warrant shortly after it was issued.
“Russia shouldn’t be a celebration to the Rome Statute of the Worldwide Prison Courtroom and doesn’t bear obligations beneath it,” Zakharova mentioned. “Russia doesn’t cooperate with this physique, and potential ‘recipes’ for arrest coming from the Worldwide Courtroom of Justice will probably be legally null and void for us.”
The press launch from the exiled Uyghurs outlines comparable allegations of compelled deportations of ethnically Turkic folks.
“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 towards humanity,” the press launch said.
“The brand new proof highlighted that upwards of three,000 Uyghurs had been forcibly deported from Tajikistan with a further 4,000 from Kyrgyzstan.”
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 the intention to determine on opening an ICC investigation,” Hudayar instructed Fox Information Digital in a press release.
“We’re involved with the Workplace of the Prosecutor in regards to the proof submitted and are requesting that the Prosecutor ought to act immediately to begin an ICC investigation and maintain these accountable to account.”
Xi is scheduled to fly to Russia subsequent week to fulfill with Putin for a gathering the place the Kremlin says the 2 leaders will talk about “problems with additional improvement of complete partnership and strategic interplay between Russia and China.”