A UN Report Implicates the Chinese Government in Crimes Against Humanity. What Comes Next?
September 8, 2022
Several governments, including Canada and the United States, have issued statements in response to the report, pledging to hold those responsible for the violations to account. Now it is time to put those words into action. Judicial officials who have the ability should, open preliminary investigations into crimes against humanity committed abroad, such as in China. In August, the Uyghur Human Rights Project and World Uyghur Congress, two prominent international Uyghur advocacy organizations, submitted a case in Argentina under its universal jurisdiction laws. The suit alleged that the Chinese government is committing genocide and crimes against humanity. Governments should bolster that effort through additional targeted financial and travel sanctions, which impose costs on individual Chinese government officials and agencies implicated in repression.