Witnesses were shocked to tell the British court today that Uyghur Muslims were tortured and sterilized by “tiger chains” in brutal camps in China.
Witnesses provide testimony of torture and gang rape to independent London On Friday, a team investigating the plight of Uyghurs in China, Beijing criticized the process as false slander.
They described dirty conditions and brutality In a camp in the Xinjiang region of northwest China, a man claimed that he had been tortured and held in chains for more than seven months.
Evidence includes claims that more than 5,500 Uighur Muslims in China are missing, and an eyewitness claimed that a woman died after undergoing forced sterilization in a camp.
The team is seeking to investigate Beijing’s allegations of genocide in Xinjiang, where it is estimated that 3 million Kazakhs and Uighurs are held in detention camps there.
The British court learned today that Uyghur Muslims were restrained, tortured and sterilized by “tiger chains” in brutal concentration camps in China.Pictured: Witness Kazakh-Uyghur Omir Bekali showed how he was locked in the camp
On Friday, witness Omir Bekali, a Kazakh-Uyghur ethnicity, showed how he said he was chained in a Uyghur “re-education” camp in Xinjiang when he was speaking in a “Uyghur court”.
The nine British jurors of the “Uyghur Court”, including lawyers and human rights experts, held the first of two evidence meetings on Friday, and then made an expected report in December on whether China was guilty of genocide.
The court will hear dozens of testimonies within four days, and activists hope this will be the deepest public investigation since the allegations of abuse came to light more than three years ago.
International observers believe that China is trying to eliminate ethnic minorities, while China claims that these camps are “vocational training centers” and residents stay there voluntarily.
Today, the court heard shocking testimony from witnesses, including Omir Bekali, a Kazakh with Uyghur descent, was arrested while visiting his family while visiting Xinjiang from Kazakhstan.
In his testimony, he was once put on an iron chain, his hands and feet were shackled, and he showed the expert group how he claimed to have been detained in a “re-education” camp for more than seven months.
When he arrived at the camp, he claimed to wear a headscarf on his head, and a policeman took him to a place “like a hospital” where he wore a headscarf for a full-body examination. Telegraph Report.
“In the first four days and nights, I was tortured intensely,” he said.
“I was hung from the ceiling,” Beccari explained, adding that he was beaten all over his body and on the soles of his feet.
At the same time, teacher Qelbinur Sidik (pictured) said at the hearing that she was forced to teach Chinese to so-called students who were forced to wear shackles for several hours.
The court heard testimony from witnesses, including Omir Bekali, a Kazakh of Uighur descent who was arrested while visiting his family in Xinjiang from Kazakhstan.
He went on to claim that he was forced to “accept” the crimes of inciting terrorism, organizing terrorist activities, and covering up terrorists, but he said that this denied everything.
Bekali also shockedly told the panel of how his father was killed after being tortured in the camp and how his brother was maimed.
He added: “My father is dead, and my sister and brother have been labeled as terrorists.”
At the same time, Qelbinur Sidik, a Uzbek teacher from Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, told the panel how she was forced to teach in two “re-education” camps.
She claimed The Chinese Communist Party leader ordered her to teach Chinese in two stinking and overcrowded Uyghur camps—a man and a woman.
She told the court that these so-called students were required to wear shackles during the hours-long class.
Siddiq said: “The police and the guards of the concentration camps did not treat male prisoners as human beings.”
“They like to watch them humiliated, and their pain is their happiness to them.”
The female prisoners were allegedly abused and gang-raped during interrogation.
Siddiq said: “They were not only tortured, they were also raped and sometimes gang raped.”
She also claimed that forced sterilization of Uyghur women was common in concentration camps. In one case, a female prisoner died as a result.
Siddiq said she was also forced to sterilize before she obtained a visa to visit her daughter in the Netherlands and fled China.
Another witness, Patigul Talip (pictured), holding a photo of her family, burst into tears in front of the court, claiming that she did not know whether her son and daughter were alive or dead
This photo was taken in June 2019 and is believed to be a re-education camp north of Akto in the Xinjiang region of northwestern China
She said: “What I witnessed and experienced with my own eyes, I can’t forget for a day.” “I am a woman myself, and I have a daughter. I don’t want anyone to suffer such pain.
Another witness, Patigul Talip, held up a photo of her family and burst into tears in front of the court, claiming that she did not know whether her son and daughter were alive or dead.
She told the jurors that she and her husband had fled China after they were allegedly imprisoned and beaten for teaching the Quran and Arabic alphabet.
The mother claimed that their child was dragged off the plane and was going to take them to Sweden because it was about to leave Beijing.
She said that the last time she had contact with them was in 2015, and added: “Only mothers with children can understand this kind of pain, what kind of pain a mother will suffer.”
Dolkun Isa, the chairman of the National Assembly who was granted asylum in Germany, also spoke on the panel.
“Because of my activities abroad, my whole family is facing surveillance and harassment,” he said.
“I don’t know how many people in my family are in concentration camps or detention centers, and how many people are still alive.”
The London court is not affiliated with any government, and China refuses to participate, calling it a “liar-making machine.” Beijing has imposed sanctions on the former United Nations war crimes prosecutor Nice and other related personnel.
But the lawyers of the arbitration tribunal stated that the US and Australian governments offered to provide relevant materials to supplement the thousands of pages of written evidence that had been compiled.
It was established at the request of the World Uyghur Congress (the largest group representing Uighurs in exile), which lobbied the international community to take action against China on alleged violations in Xinjiang.
Human rights organizations claim that as many as 1 million Uyghurs and other Turkic minorities have been detained in camps in Xinjiang. Pictured: Witnessing Kazakh-Uyghur ethnicity Omir Bekali in court
According to the Uyghur Transitional Justice Database (UTJD), there are 232 concentration camps, 257 prisons and 5,567 missing persons in Xinjiang.Picture: A camp in Xinjiang
But Nice and his colleagues vowed that the work of the group will be “fair” and evidence-oriented.
“The allegations against the People’s Republic of China are very serious,” said Jeffrey Nice, the chairman of the court, at the opening of the four-day inaugural session, adding that they included multiple violations of the UN Declaration of Human Rights.
Human rights organizations claim that as many as 1 million Uighurs and other Turkic minorities are being held in detention camps in Xinjiang.
The court learned that according to the Uyghur Transitional Justice Database (UTJD), there are 232 concentration camps, 257 prisons and 5,567 missing persons in Xinjiang.
The allegations heard by the court are consistent with many other claims in the concentration camps, leading the US government to declare that it is undergoing genocide.
But China insists they are trying to improve the education of Xinjiang residents, curb extremism and increase income.
“This pseudo-court has nothing to do with the law. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said on Thursday that this was a fraudulent use of “court” to engage in anti-China political activities.
“This so-called court has also entangled a group of people, and it is their profession and livelihood to oppose China,” he added, noting the support of the World Uyghur Congress.