Tribunal investigating alleged serious international crimes names Cardiff University academic as panel member

Ambreena Manji

Ambreena Manji

A Cardiff University academic is one of nine panel members considering evidence for the Uyghur Tribunal.

Professor Ambreena Manji, based at the University’s School of Law and Politics, will be a member of a People’s Tribunal considering allegations that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is perpetrating serious international crimes against the Uyghurs and other Muslim populations.

If proved, these allegations could lead to the conclusion that these constitute crimes against humanity and/or genocide.

As well as considering written evidence, the panel will also hear testimony and expert witness evidence at two four-day hearings to be held in London later this year.

In June 2020, Dolkun Isa, President of the World Uyghur Congress, formally requested that Sir Geoffrey Nice QC establish and chair an independent people’s tribunal to investigate what he described as “ongoing atrocities and possible genocide? against the Uyghur people.

The Uyghur Tribunal was launched on 3 September 2020 with assistance from a non-governmental organisation, the Coalition for Genocide Response.

Sir Geoffrey has been a barrister since 1971 and served as a part-time judge between 1984 and 2018. He led the prosecution of Slobodan Milo¨evic, former President of Serbia, at the UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Other experts on the panel come from a range of backgrounds including academia, law, medicine, education, diplomacy, third sector and business.

Professor Manji said: “I look forward to working with colleagues on the Uyghur Tribunal to consider the evidence we have received and to publish a full, impartial judgment at the end of this year.’

Ambreena Manji has been a Professor of Land Law and Development at the School since 2014. She came to Cardiff from Nairobi where she was director of a British Academy research institute, the British Institute, in Eastern Africa. Ambreena is past president of the UK African Studies Association. She co-founded LAWPL’s Centre for Law and Global Justice which supports a lively research programme, including an international doctoral studies cohort.


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