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Achieving Justice and Accountability for the Uyghurs – is the International Criminal Court a possible solution?
Thursday 7 October 2021 from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm BSTFree
This event is part of a series of events to raise awareness on the persecution of Uyghurs in China.
with Rodney Dixon QC and Dr Mamtimin Ala; Chaired by Jonathan Metzer, René Cassin Trustee
Uyghurs are suffering appalling crimes ranging from forced sterilisation; rapes; mass internment in concentration camps where they are faced with torture and starvation; family separation; slave-like labour conditions; as well as cultural persecution including being forced to give up their religious beliefs.
Rodney Dixon’s legal team, acting for The East Turkistan Government in Exile and Uyghur victims, submitted a complaint to the International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor in July 2020 asking them to open an investigation into the matter. Further evidence establishing that the ICC has jurisdiction to investigate Chinese officials for the crimes being committed was submitted to the Prosecutor in June 2021.
The ICC is currently the only way that Chinese officials can be criminally investigated and prosecuted at the international level for the widespread and systematic abuses committed against Uyghur people. Although China is not a signatory to the Rome Statute, the ICC has jurisdiction in the Uyghur case because Uyghurs have been targeted and arrested in ICC States Parties – specifically Tajikistan and Cambodia – and then forcibly taken into China and persecuted or disappeared.
Rodney Dixon QC is a barrister specialising in international law based at Temple Garden chambers in London and The Hague. He is leading the team of lawyers that submitted the Article 15 complaint to the Office of the Prosecutor on behalf of the East Turkistan Government in Exile.