Uyghur Policy Act of 2022 (S.4073)

Uyghur-Policy-Act-of-2022-S.4073

The Uyghur Policy Act of 2022 (S.4073) was introduced in the Senate on April 7, 2022, by Senator Marco Rubio (R) as companion legislation to the Uyghur Policy Act of 2021 (H.R.4785), introduced by Rep. Young Kim (R).

The full title is: “A bill to support the human rights of Uyghurs and members of other ethnic groups residing primarily in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and safeguard their district civilization and identity, and for other purposes.”

The bill:

  • Directs the U.S. State Department, in consultation with representatives of the global Uyghur community, to include Uyghur human rights activists in its U.S. Speaker program to speak at public diplomacy forums in Muslim majority countries about their experiences with repression in the Uyghur region and abroad;
  • Within 180 days, requires a strategy on how the State Department will support calls from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and UN experts, as well as diplomatic meetings with CCP officials to gain access to detention facilities and secure the release of detained Uyghurs; 
  • Requires the U.S. Secretary of State to make available Uyghur language training to Foreign Service Officers (FSOs);
  • Requires that at least one Uyghur-speaking FSO is assigned to each U.S. diplomatic and consular mission in China, Turkey and other nations hosting Uyghur diaspora populations;
  • Directs the U.S. Ambassador to the UN to oppose any motion that would prevent consideration of issues related to Uyghurs in UN activities, or actions to prevent participation of Uyghur human rights advocates in UN meetings; and
  • Directs the U.S. Ambassador to the UN to support the appointment of a special rapporteur or working group for the Uyghur region to monitor and report on human rights violations.