Tickets

Hearings will be held at Church House Conf Centre from 4 to 7 Jun 2021

Please book a ticket if you wish to attend in person. The event can also be viewed over a stream from Church House. ​

Tickets for in-person attendance are available via Eventbrite at the following link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/uyghur-tribunal-first-hearings-tickets-150768012183

Schedule for the Hearings​:

​Friday 4 June 2021​

Morning Session: 0900 – 1300​

Fact Witnesses​: A witness who worked as a teacher within a ‘re-education camp’ will give evidence on rape, forced sterilisation, and forced medication. A detainee of a camp will report their experience of being kept in solitary confinement. A third witness will provide evidence of​ the detention and ill-treatment of their relatives.​

Expert Witnesses​: Dr Sean Roberts is an Associate Professor in the Practice of International Affairs and author of the book “The War on the Uyghurs”. He will provide insight into the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) counter-terrorism narrative and how it relates to the allegations​ made by the witnesses.​

Afternoon Session: 1400 – 1800​

Fact Witnesses​: Another former teacher will give evidence on rape and other serious bodily and mental harm witnessed in the camps in the course of their work there. A witness will speak about torture, sexual abuse, and organ testing within the camps. The Panel will also hear evidence of ongoing harassment and detention of family members of a witness and hear evidence authenticating leaked documents and cyber harassment of witnesses.​

Expert Witnesses​: Schona Jolly QC is a London-based international human rights and equalities lawyer and writer. She will be providing legal classifications of the activities carried out against​ Uyghurs in Xinjiang.​

Saturday 5 June 2021​

Morning Session: 0900 – 1300​

Fact Witnesses​: Testimony will be given by a witness whose relatives have been detained in camps and prisons​ within China.​

Expert Witnesses​: Dr David Tobin is Hallsworth Research Fellow at the University of Manchester and will discuss the​ Chinese approach to Counter Terrorism and state and society security dynamics.​

Professor Rachel Harris has conducted fieldwork in Xinjiang, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan over a​ period of twenty years and is an expert in ethnomusicology at SOAS, University of London. She​ will provide evidence relating to allegations of torture and sexual violence in the camps.​

Dr Rian Thum is Senior Lecturer in East Asian history at the University of Manchester and will​ present evidence relating to allegations of child separation and coercive birth control.​

Professor Laura Murphy is an expert on human rights and contemporary slavery with the Helena​ Kennedy Centre for International Justice at Sheffield Hallam University, and will discuss evidence​ relating to allegations of forced labour in Xinjiang.​

Dr Jo Smith Finley is Reader in Chinese Studies at Newcastle University and will provide evidence​ relating to allegations of the destruction of religious practice and heritage.​

Afternoon Session: 1400 – 1800​

Fact Witnesses​: Testimony will include evidence of rape, torture, beatings, forced medication, forced medical​ examinations, and the enforced presence of Han Chinese ‘relatives’. Other witnesses will provide​ evidence of forced abortions, sterilisation, and detention of relatives.​

Expert Witnesses​: Ethan Gutmann is an award-winning China analyst and human-rights investigator. He will provide​ evidence of organ harvesting and the operation of the organ market.​

Sunday 6 June 2021​

Morning Session: 0900 – 1300​

Fact Witnesses​: Witnesses will provide evidence of serious bodily and mental harm, torture, forced​ medication, and will testify that they were witness to rape and the detention of family​ members.​

Expert Witnesses​: Nathan Ruser is a researcher at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. He will provide​ information on the nature, scale, and growth of the camps as determined through satellite​ imagery analysis, along with evidence of cultural and religious heritage destruction.​

Afternoon Session: 1400 – 1800​

Fact Witnesses​: Witnesses will give evidence on detention and ill-treatment, including serious bodily and​ mental harm and sexual violence. Further testimony will be given on the disappearance​ of relatives, and the forced ‘re-education’ of family members.​

Expert Witnesses​: Muetter Iliqud of the Uyghur Transitional Justice Database will provide evidence from the​ organisation’s report into the extent of disappearances of family members within China.​

Monday 7 June 2021​

Morning Session: 0900 – 1300​

Fact Witnesses​: Evidence will be presented of ill-treatment within the camps, including torture, extensive​ medical examinations, and the rape of single women and widows. A report of the​ conditions within the camps and investigations of missing people will be provided. A​ former camp guard will testify on torture and wider repression of the Uyghur population.​

Expert Witnesses​: Dr Adrian Zenz is an anthropologist who has studied the expansion of the internment​ policy and will provide evidence on the CCP’s Population Structure Optimisation for​ Uyghurs.​

Afternoon Session: 1400 – 1800​

Fact Witnesses​: A witness will provide evidence on forced sterilisations and poor conditions in the camps,​ including forced labour. There will also be testimony of torture, sexual violence, and​ death within the camps.​

Expert Witnesses​: Dr Darren Byler is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Colorado. He will provide​ evidence of the destruction of cultural, religious, and linguistic heritage, and forced​ assimilation.​