Uyghur group calls on ICC to arrest Chinese President Xi Jinping after Putin’s tenure
A group representing the Uyghur people is calling on the International Criminal Court (ICC) 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 Uyghurs and other Turkish peoples,” Prime Minister Salih Hudayar of the government said on Saturday. from East Turkestan in exile. .
“The International Criminal Court must uphold justice and fulfill its pledge of ‘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 release echoes what government officials around the world and pro-Uighur activists have been saying for years regarding the “ongoing campaign of mass internment, forced labor, enforced sterilization and enforced family separation. against ethnic Turkic groups in East Turkestan, which has been officially designated as genocide by the U.S. government and the parliaments of nearly a dozen Western nations since 2021.”
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The press release arrives the same week as the ICC issued an arrest warrant for Putin and Russian official Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova for their alleged involvement in war crimes during the invasion of Ukraine.
The ICC said Putin “would be responsible for the war crime of illegal deportation of population (of children) and illegal transfer of population (of children) from occupied areas 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.
“Russia is not a party to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court and has no obligations under it,” Zakharova said. “Russia is not cooperating with this body, and any arrest ‘receipts’ from the International Court of Justice will be legally null and void for us.”
The Exiled Uyghur press release describes similar allegations of forced deportations of people of Turkish origin.
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“In June 2021, lawyers representing ETGE and ETNM submitted additional evidence to the ICC that the Chinese government is implementing a policy of rounding up Uyghurs and other ethnically Turkish people from outside the China, including ICC member states such as neighboring Tajikistan, and forcibly deporting them back to East Turkestan (“Xinjiang”), where they are victims of acts of genocide and crimes against humanity,” says the press release.
“The new evidence showed that more than 3,000 Uyghurs had been forcibly expelled 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 Turks have been placed in internment camps and that more than 880,500 Uyghur children and other Turkish children were forcibly separated from their families.
Fox News Digital reached out to the US Consulate in China and the ICC for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.
“The ICC is currently reviewing all of the evidence we have submitted 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 submitted and request that the Prosecutor act without delay to open an ICC investigation and hold those responsible to account.”
Xi is due to travel to Russia next week to meet Putin for a meeting in which the Kremlin said the two leaders would discuss “issues of the further development of a comprehensive partnership and strategic interaction between Russia and China.” China”.