Press Release – For Immediate Release
22 April 2021
Contact: World Uyghur Congress
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On May 17th, the Committee on Human Rights and Humanitarian Aid in the German Bundestag will hold a public hearing on the topic of “International Legal Assessment of Human Rights Violations against the Uyghurs”. On the same day, the World Uyghur Congress will hold a demonstration in front of the Paul-Löbe-Haus in Berlin, to call upon the German Bundestag to live up to its responsibility and recognize the human rights violations against the Uyghurs and other Turkic people as genocide.

“Time is running out, because every day that passes brings the Chinese government closer to its goal of eliminating Uyghur culture, identity and people. Germany must act now to prevent the worst. It is time for Germany to call the atrocities of the Chinese government for what they are, a genocide”, stated Dolkun Isa, President of the World Uyghur Congress.

The hearing comes at a crucial time, just months after the Dutch, Canadian, and British parliaments, as well as the U.S. government, determinated the human rights violations against the Uyghur people as genocide. Since China has not ratified the Rome Statute and has made reservations against the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, the traditional international legal mechanisms cannot be applied to hold China accountable. As such, national parliaments and governments are the only option to hold the Chinese government accountable for its genocidal policies against the Uiyhur people.

The human rights situation in East Turkistan has worsened dramatically since 2017, when the Chinese government introduced its perfidious internment camp system. Destruction of cultural heritage, forced labor, forced sterilization, rape, the separation of children from their families, and torture are among the many human rights violations committed by the Chinese government against the Uyghurs. Last week’s report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute shows that birth rates fell by nearly half between 2017 and 2019 in East Turkistan, proportionally the most extreme decline in birth rates globally since 1950.

Overall, the Chinese government’s crimes against the Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples meet the criteria of crimes against humanity and genocide under Articles 6 and 7 of the Rome Statute and Article 2 of the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide, according to the renowned Essex Court Chamber lawyers and 50 human rights experts from the Newlines Institute. The Uyghur Tribunal, headed by renowned human rights lawyer Sir Geoffrey Nice, will also address the issue at its first public hearing from June 4-7. Germany must follow suit and show that it will not accept the ongoing genocide against the Uyghurs.

We therefore extend the invitation to the press, civil society and interested individuals to join our protest calling on the German government to recognise the Uyghur genocide.

The protest will be held in front of the German Bundestag in Berlin (Paul-Löbe-Haus) on May 17th at 04:00-07:00pm.