G7 Summit Will Test Biden’s Moral Leadership on Uyghur Genocide
June 09, 2021 | By Bennett Freeman and Louisa Greve
Bennett Freeman and Louisa Greve call on Biden to demonstrate to the world that the U.S. is prepared to be a leader on human rights again.
As a candidate in 2020, President Biden made “restoring America’s moral leadership” a central part of his appeal to American voters. Since taking office, he has stated that human rights are a guiding light for his administration’s approach to foreign policy. Holding China accountable for the ongoing genocide against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims commands rare bipartisan support in the Congress. But only the President can build on this consensus to make the Uyghur genocide a global priority.
Biden’s commitment to working with allies has already produced a breakthrough. In March, Canada, the U.K. and the European Union announced coordinated sanctions on Chinese officials for perpetrating forced labor, mass internment and other human rights abuses. This was the first multilateral action taken to address the genocide.
Bennett Freeman served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. Louisa Greve is Director of Global Advocacy for the Uyghur Human Rights Project.