Oppressive regimes are now targeting citizens living safely abroad, including in the U.S.

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May 12, 2023 | Baptist News Global | By Jeff Brumley

“The reality is that we are very behind the curve in addressing this threat to our sovereignty as democratic countries,” said Julie Millsap, government relations manager at the Uyghur Human Rights Project, an international group that supports the mostly Muslim Uyghur minority oppressed by China.

“We need to recognize that intent has not yet produced many results in terms of protection for most of the innocent people who are suffering here on our soil in the United States and around the world.”

Millsap and other experts provided graphic testimony about the emotional and physical violence inflicted by China, Russia, Iran, Saudi Arabia and numerous other countries through transnational repression. A State Department official described federal responses, and U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore., urged Congress to take decisive action. Merkley is co-chair of the Congressional Commission on China and a member of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.

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