UHRP Calls on UK Foreign Office to Cancel Genocide Perpetrator’s Trip to London
February 9, 2022 | 11:00 a.m. EST
For Immediate Release
Contact: Omer Kanat +1 (202) 819-0598, Peter Irwin +1 (646) 906-7722
The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) is calling on the UK government to cancel a planned meeting with Erkin Tuniyaz, a top official responsible for overseeing the Chinese government’s genocidal policy in the Uyghur region.
“Erkin Tuniyaz is responsible for unspeakable brutality in the Uyghur homeland,” said UHRP Executive Director Omer Kanat. “There is nothing to gain from allowing a direct perpetrator of atrocities to land on British soil and defend the Chinese government’s atrocity crimes.”
Erkin Tuniyaz (also spelled Erken Tuniyaz and Alken Tuniaz) is the current chairman, and former vice chairman, of the regional government in East Turkistan, and responsible for carrying out policies of state violence and forced assimilation of the Uyghur people.
Mr. Erkin was sanctioned by the US Treasury Department in December 2021 for engaging in “serious human rights abuses.” Under this U.S. Global Magnitsky designation, he is subject to a U.S. travel ban, asset freeze, and exclusion from the U.S. banking system.
The UK has already sanctioned Mr. Erkin’s deputy, Xinjiang government vice chair Chen Minguo, in March 2021, under the UK Global Magnitsky law. UHRP urges the UK government to impose the same sanctions on Mr. Erkin, who bears even greater responsibility for atrocity crimes under international standards.
UHRP calls on all EU member states to reject similar meeting requests from Mr. Erkin or any other Chinese government officials responsible for atrocities targeting Uyghurs.
UN Confirms Conclusive Evidence of Atrocities Against Uyghurs, August 31, 2022