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Uyghur tribunal ends hearing in London

Just Earth News | @justearthnews | 15 Sep 2021, 09:37 am Print

Image credit: World Uyghur Congress website

London: The tribunal hearing China’s treatment of its ethnic Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims ended in London on Monday.

During the event, hearings and testimony provided by nearly 40 witnesses and experts were presented.

The nine-member tribunal chaired by prominent British lawyer Geoffrey Nice conducted the first set of hearings in London known as the Uyghur Tribunal in early June, during which the panelists heard accounts from internment camp survivors describing abuses such as systematic rape, other forms of gender-based violence, torture, and killings, Radio Free Asia reported.

During the second round of hearings from Sept. 10-13, nine witnesses and 28 experts testified about their experiences with and research findings on the Uyghur crackdown. The tribunal has no state backing or powers of sanction or enforcement, and any judgments issued are non binding on any government, RFA reported.

Who are Uyghur Muslims?

Uyghur Muslims are a Turkic minority ethnic group originating from and culturally affiliated with the general region of Central and East Asia. It is now widely publicized that their human rights are being crushed by China and they were sent to "re-education camps" by the communist regime in Beijing.

The Uyghurs are recognized as native to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of the People's Republic of China.