Trump signs bill pressuring China over Uighur Muslim crackdown

Detainees listening to speeches in a camp in Lop County, Xinjiang, April 2017.

Patricia Zengerle 
JUNE 17, 2020 / 4:19 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump signed legislation on Wednesday calling for sanctions over the repression of China’s Uighur Muslims, as excerpts from a book by his former national security adviser alleged he had approved of their mass detention.

The bill, which Congress passed with only one “no” vote, was intended to send China a strong message on human rights by mandating sanctions against those responsible for oppression of members of China’s Muslim minority.

The United Nations estimates that more than a million Muslims have been detained in camps in the Xinjiang region. The U.S. State Department has accused Chinese officials of subjecting Muslims to torture, abuse “and trying to basically erase their culture and their religion.”

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