Criminal Case Filed in Argentina Over China’s Treatment of Uyghurs

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August 26, 2022

Two Uyghur groups, the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress (WUC) and the Washington-based Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP), filed a criminal complaint with the Federal Criminal Court in Buenos Aires, Argentina on August 16, accusing Chinese officials of genocide and crimes against humanity against the Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslim ethnic groups.

According to Peter Irwin, senior program officer with the Uyghur Human Rights Project, Argentina is the first and only country to which an international criminal complaint regarding the Uyghurs in China has been submitted.

“There haven’t been any cases taken up like this before, though a number of governments have called the treatment of Uyghurs genocide already, along with the Uyghur Tribunal’s verdict, a report by Newlines Institute, and a legal opinion from early 2021,” Irwin told VOA.

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