STATES ARE FAILING
SO WE MUST ACT.
It is a failure of the international system if it fails to bring to account a state accused of acts such as forced sterilisation, rape, organ harvesting, enslavement and apartheid.
Allegations that China has been committing crimes against humanity and/or genocide against the Uyghurs have not been addressed by any international court.
States and other international organisations are failing to uphold vital standards of International Law by not impartially investigating China.
In light of these failings, the duty to provide a fair, impartial and objective judgment has fallen on a highly experienced team which includes Sir Geoffrey Nice QC (former lead prosecutor in the Trial of Serbian leader Slobodan Milošević).
But we need your help to make this a reality.
Uyghur Tribunal = People's Tribunal
The Uyghur Tribunal is an independent people’s tribunal set up with the sole purpose of investigating allegations that the People's Republic of China is committing grave crimes against the Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in the Northwest of China.
The Tribunal will provide a permanent body of evidence that could be used by states, individuals and international organisations to consider how they interact with the PRC. It could also, by seeking the truth, give alleged victims some sense of peace.
“The commission of Genocide against the Uyghurs by the People’s Republic of China has been alleged but never properly explored on evidence. The Uyghur Tribunal will start without assumption or presumption of any kind, review evidence, consider all available arguments and reach a judgment”, Sir Geoffrey Nice QC.
This Tribunal is vital for human rights.
We rely on a framework of international legal mechanisms to protect our human rights. Too often states have been unable or unwilling to utilise these mechanisms to properly investigate allegations against the PRC.
This not only undermines the foundations of International Law, but has serious implications for all of our rights as human beings.
It is essential that these allegations are fairly, impartially and objectively assessed; which is the purpose of the Uyghur Tribunal.
A Tribunal for the People by the People
The Tribunal has been formed by a team of independent civil society actors with significant experience in their respective fields but no ties to any international organisation or state. Their job is to act on behalf of the people.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
1) WHO ARE THE UYGHURS?
The Uyghurs are a predominantly Muslim, Turkic minority living mostly in the 'Uyghur region,' in the Northwest of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Their population is estimated at around 12 million.
2) WHAT IS A PEOPLE'S TRIBUNAL?
People's Tribunals investigate and make judgments of human rights abuses and criminality that states, or other international bodies are unable or unwilling to address adequately or at all. People's tribunals provide civil society with the means to determine through an evidence-based judgment whether international crimes have occurred.
3) WHAT IS THE OBJECTIVE OF THE UYGHUR TRIBUNAL IF IT HAS NO POWER TO SANCTION?
The Uyghur Tribunal will issue a judgment which depending on the findings, may be a starting point for states, international organisations, commercial companies, individuals and other actors to take action. While the Uyghur Tribunal will accept evidence from a range of organisations, its objective is to reach an impartial and considered judgement based on facts.
4) CAN I ATTEND THE UYGHUR TRIBUNAL HEARINGS?
All 'in-person' sessions will be public, as well as any virtual hearings. The public session will take place in London. Information about the possibility to attend one or more of the sessions will be communicated in advance via our website and social media.
There should be no price on justice.
Tribunals have often take years and cost millions, and in at least two cases a billion. A people's tribunal can through efficiency and the motivation of its participants deliver a judgement relatively rapidly at a fraction of the cost.
Lead Counsel, the Lead Researcher and Members of the Tribunal amongst others, will provide their services pro bono*. However, due to the scale of the endeavour it is considered appropriate that other participants may be remunerated albeit at a fraction of commercial rates, reflecting the commitment of all those who have agreed to participate in this important endeavour.
*Although they will be entitled to recover expenses including travel and if necessary hotel costs.
We have carefully calculated that we need to raise £285,000 to conduct the whole Tribunal; this is not possible without the generous donations of our supporters.
You are the missing piece!
We have the format. We have the team. We have the goal.
But now we need you.
Many people take justice for granted, but often justice has to be sought after. This tribunal is not possible without the contributions of people who care about justice and creating an objective record of the truth.
DON'T BE THE MISSING PIECE: ACT NOW BY DONATING TODAY.
For full details of the Tribunal please visit our website at https://uyghurtribunal.com/
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