A bunch representing the Uyghur individuals is asking on the Worldwide Felony Court docket (ICC) to pursue costs towards Chinese language President Xi Jinping after the court docket issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin.
“We name on the Worldwide Felony Court docket to behave and maintain Chinese language chief Xi Jinping accountable for the continued genocide and crimes towards humanity towards Uyghurs and different Turkic peoples,” Prime Minister Salih Hudayar of the East Turkistan Authorities in Exile stated in a Saturday press release.
“The Worldwide Felony Court docket should uphold justice and fulfill its dedication to ‘By no means Once more’ by investigating the continued genocide and arresting Xi Jinping for his direct function 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, 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 almost 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 conflict crimes in the course of the invasion of Ukraine.
The ICC stated that Putin “is allegedly chargeable for the conflict crime of illegal deportation of inhabitants (kids) and that of illegal switch of inhabitants (kids) 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 isn’t a celebration to the Rome Statute of the Worldwide Felony Court docket and doesn’t bear obligations beneath it,” Zakharova stated. “Russia doesn’t cooperate with this physique, and attainable ‘recipes’ for arrest coming from the Worldwide Court docket of Justice will probably be legally null and void for us.”
The press launch from the exiled Uyghurs outlines related allegations of compelled deportations of ethnically Turkic individuals.
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“In June 2021, attorneys representing the ETGE and ETNM submitted further proof to the ICC that the Chinese language Authorities is implementing a coverage of rounding up Uyghur and different ethnically Turkic individuals from exterior China, together with ICC member States similar to 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 an extra 4,000 from Kyrgyzstan.”
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Moreover, the press launch states that over 3 million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and different Turkic individuals have been put in internment camps and that over 880,500 Uyghur and different Turkic kids 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 the entire proof we now have submitted with a view to resolve on opening an ICC investigation,” Hudayar advised Fox Information Digital in a press release.
“We’re in touch with the Workplace of the Prosecutor in regards to the proof submitted and are requesting that the Prosecutor ought to act at once 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 improvement of complete partnership and strategic interplay between Russia and China.”