A new non-governmental legal report finds the Chinese Communist Party guilty of violating every article of the United Nations’ genocide convention.
Published by the Newlines Institute for Strategy and Policy in cooperation with the Raoul Wallenberg Centre for Human Rights, the report is the “first independent expert application of the 1948 Genocide Convention to the ongoing treatment of the Uyghurs in China.”
“For this purpose, dozens of experts in international law, genocide studies, Chinese ethnic policies, and the region were invited to examine pro-bono all available evidence that could be collected and verified from public Chinese State communications, leaked Chinese State communications, eyewitness testimony, and open-source research methods such as public satellite-image analysis, analysis of information circulating on the Chinese internet, and any other available source,” a summary of the report’s methodology notes.
According to the United Nations 1948 convention – signed by 152 countries including China – genocide occurs if a party violates just one of the following five acts: “killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; and forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.”
The report posits the Chinese Communist Party is guilty of engaging in all five, emphasizing it has an “intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group”.
“The intent to destroy the Uighurs as a group is derived from objective proof, consisting of comprehensive state policy and practice, which President Xi Jinping, the highest authority in China, set in motion,” the report highlights.