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?
Overview

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:
https://uyghurtribunal.com/abouttribunal/
World Uyghur Congress (WUC) – About:
https://www.uyghurcongress.org/en/introducing-the-world-uyghur-congress/
National Endowment for Democracy – XINJIANG / EAST TURKESTAN (CHINA) 2020:
https://www.ned.org/region/asia/xinjiang-east-turkestan-china-2020/
Radio Free Asia (RFA) – China Slams Second Session of Uyghur Tribunal Investigating Xinjiang Human Rights Abuses (WUC funding UT):
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/uyghur-tribunal-09092021180501.html
Reuters – China accuses Washington of ‘low political tricks’ over Uyghur exhibit (US-funded WUC exhibit in Geneva, 2021):
https://www.reuters.com/world/china-accuses-washington-political-tricks-over-uyghur-exhibit-2021-09-16/?fbclid=IwAR0bw3EU7L25AKu8TNFcvMQsCQMU01FR4IgNMKjlWjT02z8oyvNvbhykkqY
CodaStory – Hacks, threats and propaganda: how China tried to discredit the Uyghur Tribunal:
https://www.codastory.com/disinformation/uyghur-tribunal-london-china-kazakhstan-discredit/
National Endowment for Democracy – NED GRANTEES WIN EUROPEAN PRESS PRIZE (CodaStory):
https://www.ned.org/ned-grantees-win-european-press-prize/

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:
https://chinatribunal.com/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):
https://endtransplantabuse.org/advisory/
China Tribunal – The Tribunal Panel (Uyghur/China Tribunal crossovers: Geoffrey Nice, Hamid Sabi, Nicholas Vetch, Aarif Abraham):
https://chinatribunal.com/who-we-are/
ETAC – “The Slaughter” Book Launch:
https://endtransplantabuse.org/the-slaughter-official-release-today/

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):
https://apnews.com/article/syria-ap-top-news-riots-international-news-china-79d6a427b26f4eeab226571956dd256e
Brown University – Costs of the 20-year war on terror: $8 trillion and 900,000 deaths:
https://www.brown.edu/news/2021-09-01/costsofwar
LA Times – In China, rise of Salafism fosters suspicion and division among Muslims (2016):
https://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-china-saudi-arabia-20160201-story.html
Wall Street Journal – Web Preaches Jihad to China’s Muslim Uighurs (2014):
https://www.wsj.com/articles/web-preaches-jihad-to-chinas-muslim-uighurs-1403663568
BBC – Why is there tension between China and the Uighurs? (2014):
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-26414014
Institut De Relations Internationales Et Strategiques, Asia Program – Wahhabism with Chinese Characteristics:
https://www.iris-france.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Asia-focus-51.pdf
DW – Why China’s Uighurs are joining jihadists in Afghanistan (2015):
https://www.dw.com/en/why-chinas-uighurs-are-joining-jihadists-in-afghanistan/a-18605630
UN – Eastern Turkistan Islamic Movement (2011):
https://www.un.org/securitycouncil/sanctions/1267/aq_sanctions_list/summaries/entity/eastern-turkistan-islamic-movement
Guardian – US removes shadowy group from terror list blamed by China for attacks (2020):
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/nov/06/us-removes-shadowy-group-from-terror-list-blamed-by-china-for-attacks
Newsweek – Exclusive: Despite China’s Pressure on Taliban, Uyghur Separatists See Opportunity in Afghanistan (2021):
https://www.newsweek.com/exclusive-despite-chinas-pressure-taliban-uighur-separatists-see-opportunity-afghanistan-1627650?amp=1&utm_medium=Social&utm_source=Twitter&__twitter_impression=true
US National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine – Involuntary Commitment:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK557377/

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:
https://uyghurtribunal.com/statements/

June 4, 2021

Dolkun Isa – President, World Uyghur Congress:
https://www.uyghurcongress.org/en/staff/dolkun-isa/
Abduweli Ayup – founder of Uyghuryar (Norway):
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/brother-05032021182707.html
Asiye Abdulahed – alleged source of ICIJ “China Cables:”
https://www.businessinsider.com/china-uighur-leak-xinjiang-cables-asiye-abdulaheb-threats-2019-12
Sayragul Sauytbay – 2020 US State Department Women of Courage Award:
https://web.archive.org/web/20210302083716/https://www.state.gov/biographies-of-the-finalists-for-the-2020-international-women-of-courage-awards/#sayragul
Muetter Illiqud –  Uyghur Transitional Justice Database (NED grantee):
https://www.ned.org/uyghur-human-rights-policy-act-builds-on-work-of-ned-grantees/
RFA – Uyghur Tribunal Hears Grim Accounts of Rape And Torture in China’s Xinjiang (mentions Muetter Illiqud’s affiliation with UTJD):
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/uyghur-tribunal-06042021174406.html
Omir Bekali – Invited in 2018 to speak before US Congress, Congressional-Executive Committee on China:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/oct/18/omir-bekali-china-camp-detainee-us-visa-denied-despite-congress-invitation
Qelbinur Sidik – Dutch Uyghur Human Rights Foundation:
https://www.duhrf.org/project/qelbinur-sidik-a-twisted-life/
Dutch Uyghur Human Rights Foundation – Supporters (scroll to bottom):
https://www.duhrf.org/who-are-the-uyghurs/
RFA – ‘I Wish I Could Wipe my Heart And Mind Clean’: Uyghur Former Camp Instructor (Qelbinur Sidik interview, 2020):
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/instructor-10052020130813.html
Sean Robert – primary advisor to the USAID mission in Central Asia:
https://www.dropbox.com/s/l6920dsa0rh2vip/2020%20CV%20-%20Sean%20Roberts%20%28Academic%29.pdf?dl=0
Hudson Institute Event – China’s “War on Terrorism” and the Xinjiang Emergency (2018, with Louisa Greve and Rushan Abbas):
https://www.hudson.org/events/1591-china-s-war-on-terrorism-and-the-xinjiang-emergency92018

June 5, 2021

Zumret Dawut – mentioned by name by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo:
http://web.archive.org/web/20191230134749/https://va.usembassy.gov/remarks-by-secretary-pompeo-on-working-with-faith-based-organizations-human-dignity-and-faith-in-free-societies/
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):
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2019/11/17/she-survived-chinese-internment-camp-made-it-virginia-will-us-let-her-stay/
David Tran – US-based “Vietnam Democracy Center” (no website):
Uyghur Trivinal Statement (PDF, cites abovementioned Sean Robert and Carlyle Thayer):
https://uyghurtribunal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/05-1555-JUN-21-David-Tran-Repatriation-of-Uyghurs-in-Vietnam-English.pdf
Carlyle Thayer – Australian Defense Force Academy:
https://unsw.adfa.edu.au/carlyle-thayer
Tursunay Ziyawudun – US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing (May 2021):
https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/hearings?ID=08CB852F-F22C-4838-94C1-7B77786102CB
VOA – Uyghur Activists in Exile Emboldened by Beijing’s Attacks:
https://www.voanews.com/a/east-asia-pacific_uyghur-activists-exile-emboldened-beijings-attacks/6203805.html
UHRP – Smantha Power/USAID at International Religious Freedom Summit 2021:
https://twitter.com/UyghurProject/status/1415333261631533058
IRF Summit Partners: https://irfsummit.com/
BBC – ‘Their goal is to destroy everyone’: Uighur camp detainees allege systematic rape:
https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-55794071
Rushan Abbas – Twitter (with Tursunay Ziawudun calling for boycott of Beijing 2022 Olympics):
https://twitter.com/RushanAbbas/status/1372248376939442177

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):
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/china-uses-long-range-intimidation-of-us-reporter-to-suppress-xinjiang-coverage/2015/01/08/1098c8ab-6a12-449d-87f4-8654e2f4c5ab_story.html
Mihrigul Tursun – Citizen Power Award 2018:
https://www.citizenpowerforchina.org/the-2018-citizen-power-awards-mihrigul-tursun/
NED – PRESENTATION OF THE CITIZEN POWER AWARD TO BAO TONG:
https://www.ned.org/presentation-of-the-citizen-power-award-to-bao-tong/
Citizen Power Initiatives for China – About IFC (NED funding):
https://www.citizenpowerforchina.org/about-us/about-us/
Rushan Abbas – Campaign for Uyghurs:
https://campaignforuyghurs.org/leadership/
NED – UYGHUR HUMAN RIGHTS POLICY ACT BUILDS ON WORK OF NED GRANTEES (Campaign for Uyghurs funding):
https://www.ned.org/uyghur-human-rights-policy-act-builds-on-work-of-ned-grantees/
Darren Byler – ChinaFile:
https://www.chinafile.com/contributors/darren-byler
ChinaFile – About:
https://www.chinafile.com/about
Asia Society – Supporters (Australian/Japanese govs, Open Society):
https://asiasociety.org/policy-institute/supporters
Gulbahar Haitiwaji – author of “Survivor of the Chinese Gulag:”
AFP – Uighur author Gulbahar Haitiwaji tells of imprisonment and China attacks:
https://hongkongfp.com/2021/03/06/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):
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jan/12/uighur-xinjiang-re-education-camp-china-gulbahar-haitiwaji
Nathan Ruser – ASPI:
https://www.aspi.org.au/bio/nathan-ruser
ASPI – Sponsors:
https://www.aspi.org.au/sponsors
Nyrola Elima – activist, Sweden:
CNN – She tweeted from Sweden about the plight of her Uyghur cousin. In Xinjiang, the authorities were watching (2020):
https://edition.cnn.com/2020/12/16/china/uyghurs-silenced-abroad-intl-dst-hnk/index.html
Washington Post – For China’s embattled Uighurs, a bank transfer abroad can become a ‘terrorism’ ordeal (2019):
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/for-chinas-embattled-uighurs-a-bank-transfer-abroad-can-become-a-terrorism-ordeal/2019/09/19/eb6a8b1e-c3dd-11e9-b5e4-54aa56d5b7ce_story.html
Gulbahar Jelilova – featured in RFA 2020:
RFA – Japanese Author Details Experiences of Female Xinjiang Camp Detainees Through Manga:
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/manga-09102020115038.html

June 7, 2021 

Adrian Zenz –  US government-funded DC-based Victims of Communism Foundation:
https://victimsofcommunism.org/
Rukyie Turdush – Research Director, Uyghur Rights Advocate, Uyghur Research Institute:
Statement at Canada-China Relations Committee (2021):
https://openparliament.ca/committees/canada-china-relations/43-2/27/rukiye-turdush-1/only/
Twitter profile with East Turkistan flag:
https://twitter.com/parlabest
Nursiman Abdureshid – activist, Turkey:
Save Uighur – Uyghur Activist Nursiman’s Speech at Turkish Assembly Blocked by Turkish TV (January 2021, mentions RFA, Darren Byler):
https://www.saveuighur.org/uyghur-activist-nursimans-speech-at-turkish-assembly-blocked-by-turkish-tv/
Wang Leizhan – Anonymous witness claiming to be former Chinese police officer, appeared in uniform, living in Germany:
Uyghur Tribunal statement:
https://uyghurtribunal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/07-1000-JUN-21-UTFW-022-Wang-Leizhan-English.pdf

September 10, 2021

Jessica Batke – ChinaFile:
https://www.chinafile.com/contributors/jessica-batke
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): 
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2021-04-20/uyghur-australian-resident-sentenced-to-jail-in-xinjiang-china/100074634

September 11, 2021

Julie Millsap – Campaign for Uyghurs (NED-funded):
https://campaignforuyghurs.org/staff/ms-julie-millsap/
Bahram K. Sintash – Uyghurism + UHRP:
Uyghurism – About:
https://www.uyghurism.com/about
NED – DEMOLISHING FAITH: THE DESTRUCTION AND DESECRATION OF UYGHUR MOSQUES AND SHRINES (2019):
https://www.ned.org/events/demolishing-faith-the-destruction-and-desecration-of-uyghur-mosques-and-shrines/
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):
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/jul/27/the-uighurs-suffering-deserves-targeted-solutions-not-anti-chinese-posturing
Conor Healy – IPVM (“video surveillance information source”):
CONGRESSIONAL-EXECUTIVE COMMISSION ON CHINA ANNUAL REPORT 2019:
https://d1tzzns6d79su2.cloudfront.net/uploads/embedded_file/be41c3d6b926e7dcb222fbccf3fece00646a1cbdf51f5125436374d764eb91fc/76fb4ba1-13f1-48f7-9a0c-83ee57937c9e.pdf
BBC – AI emotion-detection software tested on Uyghurs (2021):
https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-57101248

September 13, 2021

Rian Thum – Twitter:
https://twitter.com/RianThum
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:
https://uyghurtribunal.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/UTFW2-080-Gulzire-Aulhan-Updated-12.09.21-18.08.21.pdf
Timestamped 6h17m: https://youtu.be/7537rLd8OA0?t=22678
ChinaAid (banner in background) – Partners (NED):
https://www.chinaaid.org/p/partners.html
Charles Parton – RUSI Senior Associate Fellow:
https://rusi.org/people/parton-obe
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):
https://rusi.org/about/support-rusi/funding
Elise Anderson – Senior Program Officer for Research and Advocacy at Uyghur Human Rights Project (Linkedin):
https://www.linkedin.com/in/elise-anderson-97aa1038
Laura Harth (Safeguard Defenders) – NED-funded “China Action” Successor:
Safeguard Defenders – About:
https://safeguarddefenders.com/en/about-us
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):
https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/10/world/asia/china-ned-ngo-peter-dahlin.html