A group representing the Uighur people has called on the International Criminal Court to pursue charges against Chinese President Xi Jinping after the court issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“We call on the International Criminal Court to act and hold Chinese leader Xi Jinping accountable for the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity against the Uighurs and other Turkic peoples,” said Prime Minister Salih Hudayar of the East Turkestan government-in-exile. Saturday press release.
“The ICC must uphold justice and fulfill its ‘never again’ commitment by investigating the ongoing genocide and arresting Xi Jinping for his direct role in this Holocaust-like genocide in the 21st century.”
The press release echoes what government officials around the world and pro-Uyghur activists have claimed for years regarding China’s “ongoing campaign of mass internment, forced labour, forced sterilization and enforced family separation against Turkic ethnic groups in East Turkestan, which has been officially classified as genocide.” collectively by the US government and the parliaments of nearly a dozen Western countries since 2021.”
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The press release comes the same week as the ICC He issued an arrest warrant On Putin and Russian official Maria Alexeyevna Lvova Belova for their alleged involvement in war crimes during the invasion of Ukraine.
The ICC said Putin “is allegedly responsible for the war crime of illegal deportation of population (children) and illegal transfer of population (children) from the occupied regions of Ukraine to the Russian Federation.”
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Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova rejected the arrest warrant shortly after it was issued.
Zakharova said: “Russia is not a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and does not bear obligations under it.” He added that “Russia does not cooperate with this body, and potential ‘prescriptions’ for detention issued by the International Court of Justice would be legally null and void for us.”
The press release issued by Uyghurs in exile outlines similar allegations of forced deportations of ethnic Turkic people.
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In June 2021, lawyers representing ETGE and ETNM provided additional evidence to the ICC that the Chinese government is implementing a policy of detaining Uyghurs and other people of Turkic origin from outside China, including from ICC member states such as neighboring Tajikistan, and forcibly deporting them. And send them back to East Turkistan (Xinjiang), where they will be subjected to acts of genocide and crimes against humanity.”
“New evidence has highlighted the forcible deportation of more than 3,000 Uyghurs from Tajikistan and another 4,000 from Kyrgyzstan.”
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In addition, the press release states that more than 3 million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other Turkic people have been placed in concentration camps and that more than 880And500 Uyghur and other Turkish children have been forcibly separated from their families.
Fox News Digital has reached out to the US Chinese Consulate and the International Criminal Court for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.
“The ICC is currently examining all the evidence we have presented in order to decide whether to open an ICC investigation,” Hudayar told Fox News Digital in a statement.
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“We are in contact with the Office of the Prosecutor regarding the evidence presented and demand that the Prosecutor act without delay to launch an ICC investigation and hold those responsible to account.”
Xi is scheduled to fly to Russia next week to meet Putin for a meeting where the Kremlin says the two leaders will discuss “issues of developing the comprehensive partnership and strategic interaction between Russia and China.”
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