The First Hearings Were a Vital Step for Witnessing and Assessing Allegations of Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity Against Uyghurs, Kazakhs and Turkic Muslim Populations
International courts still will not or cannot investigate China's alleged abuse of Uyghur Muslims.
The need for a People's Tribunal is as important as ever.
The Uyghur Tribunal held the first hearings in June - these received widespread coverage in international media and triggered an urgent debate in the UK House of Commons.
Now it is essential the Tribunal can hold its second hearings from 10th - 13th September 2021.
We Now Need Your Help to Fund the Second Tribunal Hearings to Assess Further Evidence
The Tribunal’s first Hearings may have contributed to the answering of questions but also raised others. The second Hearings are an opportunity for further contributions from those who may have relevant evidence to assist the panel in reaching a judgment.
The First Hearings Heard From Fact and Expert Witnesses
At the first hearings, the Panel heard from both fact and expert witnesses on a wide range of issues including forced organ harvesting, rape, torture, mass internment, forced sterilisation and the forcible separation of children from their families. One witness, Omir Bekali, gave the panel a demonstration of how he was held in chains for 7 months and 10 days. The first hearings were covered by the BBC, ITV, Al Jazeera, the Washington Post, CNN, The Spectator and many more media outlets. The Tribunal continues to receive media attention nationally and internationally.
The PRC also held a number of press conferences before and after the hearings, in one case bringing out the family members of Tribunal witnesses to denounce their testimony. This triggered an urgent debate in the UK House of Commons.
Funding the Tribunal
Most junior participants of the Tribunal are working at a fraction of commercial rates, while senior members of the organisation (the Panel, Head of Research, Counsel) are all working pro-bono.
So far the Tribunal has raised £225,950 and spent £209,956. Conduct of the first hearings cost £41,454. The Tribunal needs to raise at least £40,000 to fund the second hearings - this includes further research, venue hire, tech hire, witness expenses and other vital costs.
We cannot do this without you so please consider supporting us in continuing our vital investigation into China's alleged abuse of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims.
Lead By a Highly Experienced Team
The Tribunal is run by independent individuals with significant expertise and diverse experiences - all with a goal in mind: to provide an objective assessment of the allegations. They do not represent states or international organisations; their job is to act on behalf of the people. To find out more please visit: https://uyghurtribunal.com/who-we-are/
We Cannot Do This Without Your Support
After the conclusion of the first set of hearings, Chair Sir Geoffrey Nice QC stated:
"The Tribunal's judgement, whatever it eventually concludes, will be available to guide all those interested at a time when no national or international body or court...will even have started to establish an evidence-based account of events sufficient to trigger performance of international law duties that might save the innocent."
It is essential that states are independently and impartially investigated when serious allegations of human rights violations are made against them. With no route through an international court, the Tribunal is an important step in upholding international human rights by holding the People's Republic of China to account. The Tribunal is a non-profit and relies on individual donations.