House Passes Uyghur Bill Demanding Sanctions Over Human Rights Abuses in Xinjiang Camps

Uyghurs march in Brussels to call for an end to mass detentions of Uyghurs in China, April 27, 2018. Photo: RFA

BY ISABEL VAN BRUGEN
December 4, 2019 Updated: December 4, 2019

The U.S. House of Representatives on Dec. 3 overwhelmingly approved a bill to counter the Chinese communist party’s (CCP) oppression of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in its far northwestern region of Xinjiang, drawing swift condemnation from Beijing.

The Uyghur Act of 2019 is an amended, and stronger version of the bipartisan Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act from U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ), that angered Beijing when it passed the Senate in September.

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