The Uyghur Tribunal: US-funded Theater (Complete References)

October 2, 2021 (The New Atlas) – Because of the immense amount of references connected to the Uyghur Tribunal video published by The New Atlas they could not be included in the video description below the video. Instead, they have been provided below along with some notes to help serve as a guide.

Part 1: Uyghur Tribunal – What is It?

The so-called “Uyghur Tribunal” is admittedly without any legal basis, is not legally binding, and has no national or international legal recognition. It is funded by the US government through the National Endowment for Democracy which in turn funds the World Uyghur Congress – the organization that initiated and funded the tribunal.

Uyghur Tribunal – About:
World Uyghur Congress (WUC) – About:
National Endowment for Democracy – XINJIANG / EAST TURKESTAN (CHINA) 2020:
Radio Free Asia (RFA) – China Slams Second Session of Uyghur Tribunal Investigating Xinjiang Human Rights Abuses (WUC funding UT):
Reuters – China accuses Washington of ‘low political tricks’ over Uyghur exhibit (US-funded WUC exhibit in Geneva, 2021):
CodaStory – Hacks, threats and propaganda: how China tried to discredit the Uyghur Tribunal:
National Endowment for Democracy – NED GRANTEES WIN EUROPEAN PRESS PRIZE (CodaStory):

The same US-funded network also organized the 2019 “China Tribunal,” also chaired by Geoffrey Nice and also included Hamid Sabi, Nicholas Vetch, and Aarif Abraham who reprised their roles in this bad sequel.

China Tribunal Redux

China Tribunal – About:
End Transplant Abuse in China (ETAC) – International Advisory Committee (NED’s Louisa Greve, Ethan Gutmann whose book “Slaughter” was launched at the NED in Washington):
China Tribunal – The Tribunal Panel (Uyghur/China Tribunal crossovers: Geoffrey Nice, Hamid Sabi, Nicholas Vetch, Aarif Abraham):
ETAC – “The Slaughter” Book Launch:

Part 2: Xinjiang Terrorism

Before Beijing enacted sweeping security measures and the creation of reform institutions, Xinjiang was a source of not just regional or even national terrorism – but international terrorism. The Western media at the time boasted of the unraveling security crisis in Xinjiang and Beijing’s inability to control it.

The terrorism, driven by US-sponsored separatism, was the result of years of radicalization, carried out in part by US-ally Saudi Arabia and its exporting of its brand of politically-manipulated Islam into Xinjiang.

AP – AP Exclusive: Uighurs fighting in Syria take aim at China (5,000 Uyghurs in Syria, 2017):
Brown University – Costs of the 20-year war on terror: $8 trillion and 900,000 deaths:
LA Times – In China, rise of Salafism fosters suspicion and division among Muslims (2016):
Wall Street Journal – Web Preaches Jihad to China’s Muslim Uighurs (2014):
BBC – Why is there tension between China and the Uighurs? (2014):
Institut De Relations Internationales Et Strategiques, Asia Program – Wahhabism with Chinese Characteristics:
DW – Why China’s Uighurs are joining jihadists in Afghanistan (2015):
UN – Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement (2011):
Guardian – US removes shadowy group from terror list blamed by China for attacks (2020):
Newsweek – Exclusive: Despite China’s Pressure on Taliban, Uyghur Separatists See Opportunity in Afghanistan (2021):
US National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine – Involuntary Commitment:

Part 3: Uyghur Tribunal Statements

Not only did a collage of US government-funded organizations supply the “tribunal” with witnesses, but actual former US government employees and “experts” drawn from notorious corporate-funded think tanks also appeared before the tribunal’s panel.

There were many inconsistencies obvious by just comparing written statements with spoken statements. None of these inconsistencies were seriously addressed by the panel highlighting the lack of legitimacy and the theater-like nature of the proceedings.

Uyghur Tribunal – Statements:

June 4, 2021

Dolkun Isa – President, World Uyghur Congress:
Abduweli Ayup – founder of Uyghuryar (Norway):
Asiye Abdulahed – alleged source of ICIJ “China Cables:”
Sayragul Sauytbay – 2020 US State Department Women of Courage Award:
Muetter Illiqud –  Uyghur Transitional Justice Database (NED grantee):
RFA – Uyghur Tribunal Hears Grim Accounts of Rape And Torture in China’s Xinjiang (mentions Muetter Illiqud’s affiliation with UTJD):
Omir Bekali – Invited in 2018 to speak before US Congress, Congressional-Executive Committee on China:
Qelbinur Sidik – Dutch Uyghur Human Rights Foundation:
Dutch Uyghur Human Rights Foundation – Supporters (scroll to bottom):
RFA – ‘I Wish I Could Wipe my Heart And Mind Clean’: Uyghur Former Camp Instructor (Qelbinur Sidik interview, 2020):
Sean Robert – primary advisor to the USAID mission in Central Asia:
Hudson Institute Event – China’s “War on Terrorism” and the Xinjiang Emergency (2018, with Louisa Greve and Rushan Abbas):

June 5, 2021

Zumret Dawut – mentioned by name by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo:
Washington Post – She survived a Chinese internment camp and made it to Virginia. Will the U.S. let her stay? (regarding Zumret Dawut’s case, 2019):
David Tran – US-based “Vietnam Democracy Center” (no website):
Uyghur Trivinal Statement (PDF, cites abovementioned Sean Robert and Carlyle Thayer):
Carlyle Thayer – Australian Defense Force Academy:
Tursunay Ziyawudun – US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing (May 2021):
VOA – Uyghur Activists in Exile Emboldened by Beijing’s Attacks:
UHRP – Smantha Power/USAID at International Religious Freedom Summit 2021:
IRF Summit Partners:
BBC – ‘Their goal is to destroy everyone’: Uighur camp detainees allege systematic rape:
Rushan Abbas – Twitter (with Tursunay Ziawudun calling for boycott of Beijing 2022 Olympics):

June 6, 2021

Shohret Hosur – works for Radio Free Asia:
Washington Post – China uses long-range intimidation of U.S. reporter to suppress Xinjiang coverage (2015):
Mihrigul Tursun – Citizen Power Award 2018:
Citizen Power Initiatives for China – About IFC (NED funding):
Rushan Abbas – Campaign for Uyghurs:
Darren Byler – ChinaFile:
ChinaFile – About:
Asia Society – Supporters (Australian/Japanese govs, Open Society):
Gulbahar Haitiwaji – author of “Survivor of the Chinese Gulag:”
AFP – Uighur author Gulbahar Haitiwaji tells of imprisonment and China attacks:
Guardian – ‘Our souls are dead’: how I survived a Chinese ‘re-education’ camp for Uighurs (Jan. 2021, her daughter attending a 2009 WUC protest in France):
Nathan Ruser – ASPI:
ASPI – Sponsors:
Nyrola Elima – activist, Sweden:
CNN – She tweeted from Sweden about the plight of her Uyghur cousin. In Xinjiang, the authorities were watching (2020):
Washington Post – For China’s embattled Uighurs, a bank transfer abroad can become a ‘terrorism’ ordeal (2019):
Gulbahar Jelilova – featured in RFA 2020:
RFA – Japanese Author Details Experiences of Female Xinjiang Camp Detainees Through Manga:

June 7, 2021 

Adrian Zenz –  US government-funded DC-based Victims of Communism Foundation:
Rukyie Turdush – Research Director, Uyghur Rights Advocate, Uyghur Research Institute:
Statement at Canada-China Relations Committee (2021):
Twitter profile with East Turkistan flag:
Nursiman Abdureshid – activist, Turkey:
Save Uighur – Uyghur Activist Nursiman’s Speech at Turkish Assembly Blocked by Turkish TV (January 2021, mentions RFA, Darren Byler):
Wang Leizhan – Anonymous witness claiming to be former Chinese police officer, appeared in uniform, living in Germany:
Uyghur Tribunal statement:

September 10, 2021

Jessica Batke – ChinaFile:
Mehray Mezensof – ABC Australia – Uyghur Australian woman breaks her silence as her husband is sentenced to 25 years in a Chinese jail in Xinjiang (April 2021):

September 11, 2021

Julie Millsap – Campaign for Uyghurs (NED-funded):
Bahram K. Sintash – Uyghurism + UHRP:
Uyghurism – About:
Rahima Mohammed Nuri – Turkey-based, Arslan Hidiyat translating
Abdusalam Muhammad – Turkey-based, Arslan Hidiyat translating

September 12, 2021

James Millward – Guardian – The Uighurs’ suffering deserves targeted solutions, not anti-Chinese posturing (2020):
Conor Healy – IPVM (“video surveillance information source”):
BBC – AI emotion-detection software tested on Uyghurs (2021):

September 13, 2021

Rian Thum – Twitter:
Gulzire Alwuqanqizi – claims to have made 2,000 gloves in 45 days in her written statement, in her spoken statement, claims she was only able to make 10-12 a day. She also first claims she couldn’t often meet quotas before claiming she never met 20/day quotas:
Timestamped 6h17m:
ChinaAid (banner in background) – Partners (NED):
Charles Parton – RUSI Senior Associate Fellow:
RUSI – Funding (US State Department, EU, Canada, Qatar, UK, Japan, Australia, RAND Corporation, BAE, Airbus, Lockheed, Northrop Grumman, Raytheon, General Dynamics, Taiwan Ministry of National Defense):
Elise Anderson – Senior Program Officer for Research and Advocacy at Uyghur Human Rights Project (Linkedin):
Laura Harth (Safeguard Defenders) – NED-funded “China Action” Successor:
Safeguard Defenders – About:
NYT – Inside China’s Secret 23-Day Detention of a Foreign Nonprofit Chief (details China Action’s NED funding and Safeguard Defender founder Peter Dahlin’s arrest in China, 2016):