Representatives Sherman and Yoho Introduce Legislation to Stand Up for Human Rights in Xinjiang, China
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Brad Sherman (D-CA), the Ranking Member of the Asia Subcommittee, and Congressman Ted Yoho (R-FL), the Chairman of the Asia Subcommittee introduced the Uighur Intervention and Global Humanitarian Unified Response (UIGHUR) Act. The legislation is cosponsored by Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO), and Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA).
Currently, in the Chinese region of Xinjiang, as many as one million Uighurs and other Turkic Muslim minorities are being detained in so-called “political re-education” camps. Meanwhile, Uighurs living outside of China are being harassed and silenced – including here in the United States.
The bipartisan legislation will prevent advanced technologies from being exported to China to facilitate human rights violations in Xinjiang, ensure the federal government does not procure from companies that help Beijing unjustly detain Turkic Muslims, and create new mechanisms for reporting Chinese government surveillance in the United States.
“Beijing thinks we will turn a blind eye as it targets Turkic Muslims around the world. We must prove them wrong,” said Congressman Sherman. “By preventing companies from profiting off of human rights violations and mandating increased transparency, this legislation will send more than a powerful message. It will also create meaningful tools for the United States to hold China accountable.”
“I am happy to introduce this important legislation with Ranking Member Sherman. Cutting-edge technologies should be used to lift up, not oppress humanity. The existence of mass detention centers -renamed ‘political re-education’ camps - in China, is unacceptable. We must hold the perpetrators of these gross human rights violations accountable.” said Congressman Yoho.
Among other provisions, the bill also calls for Global Magnitsky sanctions on those who orchestrate “political re-education” camps, establishes new human rights disclosure requirements for sensitive exports to China, and instructs American diplomats to protest the deportation of Turkic Muslims to China and increase their outreach to the Uighur community.