Findings of Uyghur Tribunal ‘utterly appalling’, says BMA

by BMA media team

Press release from the BMA

Location: UK
Last reviewed: 10 December 2021

Responding to the findings of the Uyghur Tribunal, investigating China’s alleged Genocide and crimes against Humanity against Uyghur, Kazakh and other Turkic Muslim populations, BMA medical ethics committee chair Dr John Chisholm said:

"The findings of the Uyghur Tribunal, while unfortunately not surprising, are utterly appalling. Not only has the Chinese state been committing genocide against the Uyghurs and other minorities, but this also continues to this day with extensive medical involvement.

“Forced sterilisation, birth prevention, and infanticide are all acknowledged in the Tribunal’s report as tools used by the Chinese government in their ongoing assault on the Uyghur people.

“It is unacceptable for medical science to be utilised in racialised systematic oppression.

“Such human rights abuses must be condemned in the strongest possible terms and international actors must exert pressure on the Chinese government to halt their genocidal campaign against the Uyghurs."

Notes to editors

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1. Read a joint statement from the BMA and other UK medical bodies released earlier this week ahead of the Tribunal’s report.