Istanbul — Three Uighurs fleeing from China to Turkey described forced abortion and torture by Chinese authorities in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in the far west of China.
Three witnesses said a woman was forced to have an abortion six and a half months pregnant, a former doctor who spoke about strict contraceptive policies, and a former detention claiming to have been “tortured day and night” by Chinese Includes people. A soldier imprisoned in a remote border area.
At the four-day hearing on June 4, he spoke to the Associated Press about their experience before testifying with a video link to an independent British court, where dozens of witnesses are expected to meet.
The court, which is not supported by the British government, is chaired by Jeffrey Nice, a prominent human rights lawyer who led the indictment of former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic and worked with the International Criminal Court.
The court ruling is not binding on any government, but the organizers say that the process of disclosing evidence addresses growing concerns about alleged abuse in the new Uighur ji, a Muslim ethnic group. I want to force you to act.
One of the witnesses, Bumeryem Rozi, rounded her up in 2007 with Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region authorities to abort her fifth child, along with other pregnant women. And endangered his family.
“I was six and a half months pregnant … police came. One Uighur and two Chinese. They took me and eight other pregnant women to the hospital in a car. “I went,” 55-year-old Rozi told AP from his home in Istanbul.
“They first gave me a pill and told me to take it. I did. I didn’t know what it was,” she continued. “After an hour and a half, they were on my stomach. I stabbed a needle. After a while, I lost my child. “
Semsinur Gafur, a former gynecologist who worked in a village hospital in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region in the 1990s, said she and another female clinician moved from home to home with a mobile ultrasound device. , I was looking to see if anyone was pregnant.
“If a household experiences more births than allowed, they will ruin the house, flatten or destroy it,” Gafur said. “This was my life there. It was very tough. And because I worked at a state hospital, people didn’t trust me. The Uighur people considered me a Chinese traitor. “
A third Uighur asylum seeker, Mahmut Tebekul, was imprisoned and tortured by Chinese authorities in 2010 and was asked for information about one of his brothers. Tevekkul said one of the reasons was that he published a religious book in Arabic.
Tevekkul explained that he was beaten and beaten in the face during the interrogation.
“They laid us on a tiled floor, restrained their limbs and tied them to pipes like gas pipes. Six soldiers were guarding us. They cross-examined us until morning. And then took me to the safest place in the prison, “he said.
The court is the latest attempt to hold China accountable for alleged infringement of rights against Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim and Turkic minorities.
Researchers say that in recent years, more than one million people have been trapped in re-education camps in Xinjiang — most of them Uighurs. Chinese authorities have been accused of forced labor, systematic birth control and torture, and the separation of children from imprisoned parents.
Beijing flatly denies that claim. Authorities consider the currently closed camp as a vocational training center that teaches the law to support Chinese language, vocational skills, economic development and combat radicalism. Until 2016, China was hit by a wave of terrorist attacks related to the new jirelated.
The organizer of the hearing said the Chinese authorities had ignored the request to participate in the procedure. The Chinese embassy in London did not respond to a request for comment, but Chinese officials said the court was set up by “anti-Chinese forces” to spread the lie.
“There is no genocide or forced labor in the new ji,” a government spokesman for the region told reporters Thursday. “If the court insists on going its own way, I would like to express harsh criticism and opposition,” he said. “We are forced to take countermeasures.”
In April, the British Parliament, following the Belgian, Dutch and Canadian parliaments, declared Beijing’s policy towards Uighurs equal to genocide and crimes against humanity. The US government did the same.
But the court’s lawyer, Nice, said so far that the genocide declaration has only conducted a limited analysis of evidence of the intent behind the Chinese government’s policies.
“It’s the mental state of those organs [of the Chinese government] If there is a discovery of genocide, we need to investigate or establish it and prove it, “Nice said. “It is clear that purpose and intent are important.”
Nice was one of nine British citizens sanctioned by China in March for spreading “lie and disinformation” about the country. The move came after the British and other Western governments took similar steps against China regarding the treatment of Uighurs.
The lawyer said he was not afraid, but admitted that sanctions had withdrawn some participants from court. The organizers also said they were subject to cyber-targeting. Approximately 500 free hearing tickets were booked using fake email addresses, so they needed to strengthen the security of the event.
Her fellow asylum seekers said they agreed to testify to seek justice, but Logi, a woman who reported forced abortion, said she wanted to speak up for more personal reasons. To tell. The youngest son was detained at the age of 13 in 2015 and hopes that court work will someday lead to his freedom.
“I want my son to be released as soon as possible,” she said. “I want to see him released”
By Ayse Wieting