The arrest warrant for Putin gave comfort to Ukrainians and hope to Uyghurs.
by Kok Bayraq
A small light that appears suddenly in the world, even if it does not fall directly on them, delights those who live in the dark more than those who are in the light. The arrest warrant issued on March 17 against Vladimir Putin by the International Criminal Court (ICC) may have delighted the Uyghurs, including myself and my friends, even more than the Ukrainians. Because what happens to Putin today predicts what may happen to Xi Jinping tomorrow. Moreover, the crimes committed by Xi Jinping are even more serious than those of Putin.
Putin caused more than eight million people to flee Ukraine. By imprisoning more than three million Uyghurs in and restricting the movement of more than ten million Uyghurs from one community to another, Xi Jinping has not only denied them the opportunity to live humanely but also the possibility to escape oppression. The eight million Ukrainians who fled their homeland and took refuge in Europe are of course in a dreadful condition, but they look almost lucky when compared to the fifteen million Uyghurs who suffer living under the occupation of East Turkistan (Xinjiang to China).
The ICC is considering Putin’s bombing of Ukrainians for a year as one of his crimes. While Xi Jinping did not drop bombs on Uyghurs, he broke up one million families by arrests, forced labor, and forced sterilization. The only difference between these murderers is that we can count the number of people Putin has killed; the UN recorded a death toll of civilian as 8,231, while with Xi Jinping it is impossible to count. Only God, Xi Jinping, and his minions know the true number of deaths for which he is responsible.
Due to his many crimes, despite the region becoming an iron cage, Xi Jinping cannot hide them all. For example, the 700,000 detainees listed in Xinjiang police files only include people who were arrested in a dozen of counties in East Turkistan. These people were captured because of their ethnic identity, because they were the original inhabitants of East Turkistan, and because they refused to accept Sinicization. That means the detainees in the files are prisoners of a smokeless war that continued for 70 years. While Putin is rightly being criticized for his repeated mistreatment of prisoners of war, Xi Jinping’s silent killing of prisoners is not even mentioned.
Although Xi Jinping was able to hide the true number of those killed in the Uyghur genocide, he could not hide the genocidal orders he issued. He exposed the order about the Uyghurs “To break their lineage, break their roots”; and “absolutely no mercy” towards to Uyghurs.
Hiding a crime is not Putin’s concern, but Xi Jinping is blocking discussion of the Uyghur issue at the UN, banning the publication of the Uyghur report, and not allowing an independent investigation of East Turkistan. These are only some of his attempts to cover up the genocide and war crimes against the Uyghurs. Putin has not yet pleaded guilty, but Xi Jinping occasionally involuntarily confessed. For example, the 2017 and 2018 population statistics for China, published by Xi’s government itself, show that birth rates in Hotan and Kashgar decreased vertically. Dr. Adrian Zenz concluded that one million fewer Uyghurs were born during those two years—the peak of mass incarceration in the Uyghur region. Yes, Putin may have killed 100,000 people in his wars, but Xi Jinping did not allow one million Uyghurs to come into the world, killed many who were already born, and kept others in prisons and camps. His is an invisible and barbaric form of genocide.
Another obvious difference between the two men is that in Ukraine, buildings and houses were destroyed. In East Turkistan, the houses did not collapse, but 95% of the people inside the houses are deprived of a normal life. In some cases, the houses themselves became tools of the torture. Comparing the 44 Uyghurs who died in the Urumqi fire caused by Xi’s lockdown policy and those who died in the bombing of Ukraine shows the difference in the crimes committed by Xi Jinping and Putin.
The arrest warrant for Putin gave comfort to Ukrainians and hope to Uyghurs. The court ruled against citizens of a state who did not sign the ICC agreement. This was extremely good news for Uyghurs, who have not been able to sign a single international agreement in the world to date. However, it is a nightmare for China, which is also not a signatory of the ICC.
Xi Jinping’s heinous crime—the Uyghur genocide—is no secret to those who pay attention to the situation and have a sense of justice. Truth is a mystery only to the apathetic and the self-interested.
To date, more than twenty countries, including three members of the UN Security Council, have already recognized China’s policy on Uyghurs as genocide or at risk of causing genocide. The EU and the UN have concluded that the situation is at risk of causing crimes against humanity. Furthermore, Xi Jinping’s party has committed unaccounted crimes during its 70 years of dictatorship over the Chinese people and the deaths of three million people around the world from the COVID-19 pandemic, which originated in China may soon be added to Xi’s bill. By covering up the virus during its early period, Xi became responsible of the epidemic that caused the largest number of death in the 21st century.
Putin, who carried out a genocide with bombings, deserves even twice the punishment he will receive, but Xi Jinping, who has carried out a genocide in the shadows and is torturing millions of people, deserves a punishment that should be even harsher.
It is only a matter of time for an arrest warrant to be issued for Xi Jinping. Thus, the current warrant may worry Xi Jinping more than it worries Putin. Because Xi Jinping clearly understand he will be next.