December 9 Is Uyghur Genocide Recognition Day

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December 8, 2022 | The Diplomat | By Omer Kanat

On a cold and clear day in London, one year ago, the Uyghur Tribunal delivered an historic judgment. The December 9 verdict that China had committed genocide against the Uyghur people was momentous because independent experts recognized our suffering. The day was also a milestone since the world now had the evidence it needed to end that suffering. 

Nearly a year later, the horrific apartment fire on November 24 in the Uyghur capital of Urumqi sparked global shock and outrage that broke through Chinese government denials of inhumane treatment of Uyghurs. With the exits blocked under 100-plus days of brutal COVID lockdowns in the region, Uyghurs died in unimaginable agony — the official death toll is 10, but activists believe several dozen may have perished. 

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