A group representing the Uyghur individuals is asking on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to pursue costs towards Chinese President Xi Jinping after the courtroom 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 Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples,” Prime Minister Salih Hudayar of the East Turkistan Government in Exile mentioned in a Saturday press launch. .
“The International Criminal Court must uphold justice and fulfill its commitment to ‘Never Again’ by investigating the ongoing genocide and arresting Xi Jinping for his direct role in this Holocaust-like genocide in the 21st century.”
The press launch echoes what authorities officers throughout the globe and pro-Uyghur activists have claimed for years relating to China’s “ongoing campaign of mass internment, forced labor, forced sterilization, and forced family separation against Turkic ethnic groups in East Turkistan, which has been officially designated as genocide by the US government and the Parliaments of nearly 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 warfare crimes in the course of the invasion of Ukraine.
The ICC mentioned that Putin “is allegedly responsible for the war crime of illegal deportation of population (children) and that of illegal transfer of population (children) 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 is not a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and does not bear obligations under it,” Zakharova mentioned. “Russia does not cooperate with this body, and possible ‘recipes’ for arrest coming from the International Court of Justice will be legally null and void for us.”
The press launch from the exiled Uyghurs outlines related allegations of pressured deportations of ethnically Turkic individuals.
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“In June 2021, lawyers representing the ETGE and ETNM submitted additional evidence to the ICC that the Chinese Government is implementing a policy of rounding up Uyghur and other ethnically Turkic peoples from outside China, including ICC member States such as neighboring Tajikistan, and forcefully deporting them back to East Turkistan (“Xinjiang”), where they are subjected to genocidal acts and crimes against humanity,” the press launch said.
“The new evidence highlighted that upwards of 3,000 Uyghurs had been forcibly deported from Tajikistan with an additional 4,000 from Kyrgyzstan.”
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Additionally, the press launch states that over 3 million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and different Turkic peoples have been put in internment camps and that over 880,500 Uyghur and different Turkic youngsters have been forcibly separated from their households.
Fox News Digital reached out to China’s US Consulate and the ICC for remark however didn’t instantly obtain a response.
“The ICC is currently considering all of the evidence we have submitted in order to decide on opening an ICC investigation,” Hudayar instructed Fox News Digital in a press release.
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“We are in contact with the Office of the Prosecutor regarding the evidence submitted and are requesting that the Prosecutor should act without delay to start an ICC investigation and hold those responsible to account.”
Xi is scheduled to fly to Russia subsequent week to meet with Putin for a gathering the place the Kremlin says the 2 leaders will talk about “issues of further development of comprehensive partnership and strategic interaction between Russia and China.”