IPAC Parliamentarians Call for Genocide Investigations in light of Reports of Torture and Sexual Abuse in Xinjiang Prison Camps

February 2, 2021

The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China is united in horror and in condemnation of sickening reports of the torture and rape of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in the internment camps of Xinjiang. Eyewitness testimonies broadcast by the BBC have exposed depraved and dehumanising treatment of those detained in several camps.

Our hearts go out to the courageous victims who gave testimony so that others might not suffer, and to those who continue to endure unimaginable cruelty. For too long, many democracies and the international community have been content to express their dismay as report after report has exposed the scale and severity of the abuse.

The time for mere words has long passed. We must now move towards a coordinated effort to hold the Chinese government to account. These atrocities must be stopped.

We again call for a UN led or international legal investigation of crimes against humanity and genocide that are taking place in Xinjiang, and in the mean time for individual states to respond to their obligations under the genocide convention and take collective urgent political action in response to this evidence.


Sen. Kimberley Kitching (Australia)

Sen. James Paterson (Australia)

Samuel Cogolati (Belgium)

Els van Hoof (Belgium)

Hon. Irwin Cotler (Canada)

Garnett Genuis MP (Canada)

Sen. Pavel Fischer MP (Czechia)

Jan Lipavský MP (Czechia)

Katarina Ammitzbøll MP (Denmark)

Uffe Elbæk MP (Denmark)

Reinhard Bütikofer MEP (EU)

Miriam Lexmann MEP (EU)

Isabelle Florennes MP (France)

Sen. André Gattolin (France)

Margarete Bause MdB (Germany)

Michael Brand MdB (Germany)

Sen. Lucio Malan (Italy)

Sen. Roberto Rampi (Italy)

Rep. Gen Nakatani (Japan)

Rep. Shiori Yamao (Japan)

Dovilė Šakalienė MP (Lithuania)

Martijn van Helvert MP (Netherlands)

Henk Krol MP (Netherlands)

Simon O’Connor MP (New Zealand)

Louisa Wall MP (New Zealand)

Trine Skei Grande MP (Norway)

Elisabett Lann (Sweden)

Fredrik Malm MP (Sweden)

Fabian Molina MP (Switzerland)

Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP (UK)

Baroness Helena Kennedy (UK)

Sen. Bob Menendez (USA)

Sen. Marco Rubio (USA)

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