In a new report, the US-based Human Rights Watch (HRW) accuses China of serious human rights violations against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang and outlines how they meet the criteria for crimes against humanity. The Chinese leadership is responsible for systematic policies of mass detention, torture, and cultural persecution, among other things, says the 53-page report, which was released on Monday. The report, written with the support of Stanford Law School’s Human Rights & Conflict Resolution Clinic, draws on newly available information from Chinese government documents – as well as information from human rights groups, media, and academics – to provide a legal framework for how Beijing’s actions in Xinjiang meet the criteria for crimes against humanity under the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
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