UHRP Welcomes European Parliament Resolution, Urges EU to Bring Uyghur Atrocities to International Accountability Mechanisms
June 9, 2022 | 5:00 p.m. EDT
For Immediate Release
Contact: Omer Kanat +1 (202) 819-0598, Peter Irwin +1 (646) 906-7722
The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) is encouraged by the European Parliament resolution recognizing crimes against humanity and the serious risk of genocide targeting Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples. UHRP urges EU Member States to take steps to bring the case to relevant international accountability mechanisms.
“There is no better time to finally bring the case to an international court to adjudicate the evidence of atrocities,” said UHRP Executive Director Omer Kanat. “The European Parliament just affirmed the EU’s own obligation to prevent genocide—what are they waiting for?”
The resolution, supported overwhelmingly by Members of the European Parliament, affirms that “credible evidence about birth prevention measures and the separation of Uyghur children from their families amount to crimes against humanity and represent a serious risk of genocide.”
Critically, the resolution calls on the EU and Member States to take “all necessary steps […] to put an end to the atrocities and ensure responsibility for the crimes committed, including through international accountability mechanisms […]”
This action follows similar measures passed by parliaments in Canada, the UK, the Netherlands, Lithuania, Czech Republic, Belgium, France, and Ireland, as well as the US House of Representatives and the US government’s determination that China has committed genocide and crimes against humanity in the Uyghur region.
UHRP urges worldwide action in the wake of genocide finding, January 19, 2021