US Senate presses action on China's treatment of Uighurs

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Silverton Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, on  February 23, 2016.  Photo: Gage Skidmore

AFP
September 12, 2019

Washington (AFP) - The US Senate has approved a bill to press China on its treatment of Uighurs, requiring the US government to closely monitor the mass incarceration of the community and consider punishment of those responsible.

The Senate unanimously approved the so-called Uighur Human Rights Policy Act late Wednesday. It still needs passage by the House of Representatives, which is highly likely as the bill enjoys wide bipartisan support.

The act would require US intelligence to produce a report within six months on the crackdown in Xinjiang, the western region where as many as one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim minorities are being held in re-education camps.

It would also establish a State Department special coordinator on Xinjiang and ask the FBI to assess reports of harassment by China of US citizens and residents of Uighur heritage.

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