Uyghur Tribunal comes to a close as China aims to discredit witnesses

Updated: Sep 14

After a total of eight days in June and September of testimony, evidence and questioning, the Uyghur Tribunal officially retired today. The Tribunal is another development in the journey for Uyghur survivors: a journey that certainly does not end here.

The range of testimony heard over the course of the hearings serves as a reminder of the ongoing battle facing the Uyghur community.

Tursunay Ziyawudun, a Uyghur witness who gave testimony during the first round of hearings, spoke of her traumatic experiences of being sexually assaulted by police officers in the detention camp she was imprisoned in. She shared her hope that the findings and outcome of the Tribunal will help those still living in Xinjiang and vulnerable to ill-treatment by the PRC: