Virtual Press Conference: New ICC Genocide Complaint

WASHINGTON/THE HAGUE - Rodney Dixon, QC, Barrister of the Temple Gardens Chambers (The Hague), the principals of the East Turkistan Governme...

WASHINGTON/THE HAGUE - Rodney Dixon, QC, Barrister of the Temple Gardens Chambers (The Hague), the principals of the East Turkistan Government in Exile (ETGE) (Washington), and the ICC Uyghur Public Outreach Lead, will explain the new evidence in the Turkistan/Uyghur Genocide Complaint filed on June 10th, with the International Criminal Court.  

This webinar will be live-streaming and is free and open to the press and public.  Questions to the panel are welcome.

WHAT:    Lawyers and experts will present new evidence filed with the ICC on June 10th

WHEN:    Monday, June 14th at 11:00 AM (DC) / 5:00 PM (The Hague)

WHERE:   Live-stream and open to the public at:



Dr. Montimin Ala - Strategic Advisor, ETGE,
Author of "Worse than Death: Reflections on Uyghur Genocide."
Rodney Dixon, QC, - Barrister, Temple Garden Chambers
Ghulam Yaghma - President, ETGE
Nikita Bernardi - ICC Uyghur Campaign/Public Outreach Lead
Salih Hudayar - Prime Minister, ETGE

CONTACT:  Maria Sliwa,, 202-750-1684


Lawyers have submitted new evidence to the International Criminal Court to try to persuade prosecutors to open an investigation into alleged forced deportations of Uyghur Muslims into China from Tajikistan.

China denies all allegations of abuse of Uyghurs and is not a member of the court. Tajikistan is a member, and lawyers hope its membership could be a way to bring alleged Chinese mistreatment of Uyghurs before the international war crimes court.

“Based on this new dossier of evidence presented to the ICC prosecutor, showing the actions of Chinese authorities directly in Tajikistan – an ICC State Party – it is clear that the ICC does have jurisdiction to open an investigation,” Rodney Dixon, a lawyer representing Uyghur groups, said in a statement on Thursday.

The ICC prosecutors confirmed receiving what they called the communication from the lawyers.

It will be up to the incoming ICC prosecutor, British barrister Karim Khan, to decide whether the new information is enough to open an official investigation. He takes office on June 16.

Activists and U.N. rights experts say at least 1 million Muslims are being detained in camps in [East Turkistan] the western Xinjiang region of China, which borders Tajikistan.

In March, the United States and the European Union imposed sanctions against Chinese officials for what Washington called “crimes against humanity and genocide” against Uyghurs in East Turkistan.

The lawyers submitting evidence to the ICC say the number of Uyghurs living in Tajikistan has been reduced from 3,000 to 100 in the past 15 years, with most of the reduction happening in 2016-2018.

Source: News Release




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