Mass atrocity response in China's Xinjiang province

26 Feb 2021 | Online

Organized By : Oxford Programme on International Peace and Security (IPS)

How can international human rights obligations be enforced against all-powerful permanent members of the UN Security Council? What is the role that the civil society can play in upholding states' human rights obligations?

This panel discussion on China’s alleged commission of international crimes in the Xinjiang detention camps examines the characterisation of the alleged crimes and mechanisms available under international law for ensuring international protection and scrutiny. In addition, the panel looks at the UK domestic response to the allegations to date, including a UK Parliamentary Inquiry on the Xinjiang detention camps launched in September 2020, and potential contributions of civil society in responding to the alleged crimes – in particular, the civil-society-led ‘Independent People’s Tribunal’ that has been set up to investigate ongoing atrocities and possible genocide against the Uyghur people.

Alongside the overview of available and potential mechanisms, the panellists examine the challenges to international oversight and scrutiny, as well as the ways of overcoming such challenges and possible limitations. The discussion is situated in the broader frame of the UK government’s atrocity prevention strategy, including ongoing debates on a Parliament-supported ‘genocide determination’ bill that would affect a bilateral trade deal with China.

This event is co-hosted by the Oxford Programme on International Peace and Security, the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict, the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, and the Oxford Transitional Justice Research group.

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