ICC rejects Uygur calls to investigate China for genocide

ICC rejects Uygur calls to investigate China for genocide

International Criminal Court prosecutors have rejected calls by exiled Uygurs to investigate China for alleged genocide and crimes against humanity, the chief prosecutor’s office said in a report on Monday.

The Uygurs handed a huge dossier of evidence to the court in July accusing China of locking more than 1 million Uygurs and other mostly Muslim minorities in re-education camps and of forcibly sterilising women.

But the office of prosecutor Fatou Bensouda said it was unable to act because the alleged acts happened on the territory of China, which is not a signatory to The Hague-based ICC.

In its annual report, Bensouda’s office said “this precondition for the exercise of the court’s territorial jurisdiction did not appear to be met with respect to the majority of the crimes alleged”.