Uyghur Policy Act of 2021 (H.R.4785)

H.R. 4785 Summayr

The Uyghur Policy Act of 2021 (H.R. 4785) was introduced in the House on July 29, 2021, by Rep. Young Kim (R-CA), co-sponsored by Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA) and 9 other original cosponsors. The full title is: “To support the human rights of Uyghurs and members of other minority groups residing in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and safeguard their distinct identity, and for other purposes.”

The bill authorizes a United States Special Coordinator for Uyghur Issues, within the State Department (Section 4), who will seek to promote the protection and preservation of the distinct ethnic, cultural, religious, and linguistic identities of the Uyghurs. Duties and responsibilities:

  1. coordinate U.S. Government policies, programs, and projects concerning the Uyghurs;
  2. vigorously promote the policy of seeking to protect the distinct ethnic, religious, cultural, and linguistic identity of the Uyghurs;
  3. maintain close contact with religious, cultural, and political leaders of the Uyghurs, including seeking regular travel to the XUAR and to Uyghur settlements in Central Asia, Turkey, Albania, Germany, and other parts of Europe;
  4. lead coordination efforts for the release of political prisoners who are being detained for exercising their human rights;
  5. consult with Congress on policies relevant to the XUAR and the Uyghurs;
  6. coordinate with relevant Federal agencies to administer aid to Uyghur rights advocates; 
  7. make efforts to establish contacts with foreign ministries of other countries, especially in Europe, Central Asia, and the Islamic world, to pursue a policy of promoting greater respect for human rights and religious freedom for Uyghurs and other groups.