Good news! Last week, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed the Uyghur Policy Act (H.R. 2766) by a unanimous vote. We’re now working hard to send the bill to the House floor for a final vote.
It is because of your continual emails, phone calls, and actions, that the Uyghur Policy Act has over 100 – and growing! – House co-sponsors and half a dozen in the Senate.
The Uyghur Policy Act, a crucial bipartisan bill aimed at holding the Chinese government accountable for its acts of genocide against Uyghurs and other Turkic groups in East Turkistan.
- advocates for increased U.S. support for the Uyghur diaspora and better conditions for Uyghurs suffering from human rights abuses in East Turkistan;
- requires the Department of State to develop a strategy to gain access to detention facilities and secure the release of detained Uyghurs during diplomatic meetings with CCP officials;
- mandates Uyghur language training for Foreign Service Officers and assigns at least one Uyghur-speaking FSO to each U.S. diplomatic and consular mission in China, Turkey, and other nations with Uyghur populations;
- directs the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations to oppose any motion that would prevent consideration of Uyghur and East Turkistan issues in UN activities.
Representative Young Kim (R, CA) stated that “Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities – just because of their identity – are repeatedly silenced, detained, imprisoned, tortured, and brainwashed in concentration camps led by the Chinese Communist Party,” and called for the U.S. to “say no to Uyghur genocide and the CCP’s repeated disinformation, coercion, and abuse.”
Senator Rubio remarked, “The CCP is carrying out a disgusting campaign of genocide and human rights abuses committed against Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups. The United States cannot be silent in the face of such horrific abuse. I’m proud to re-introduce legislation to increase awareness and advocacy for Uyghurs, and I urge my colleagues to quickly pass this bill.”
Congressman Bera underscored the importance of addressing the situation, stating, “Despite widespread international condemnation, the Chinese Communist Party continues to target Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic and religious minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region for their culture and beliefs.”
Just one email or phone call from a constituent can make a difference. So email and call your U.S. representative every few days until they co-sponsor the Uyghur Policy Act.
Thank you so much for your support!
Simon Billenness, Director & Alyson Chadwick, Strategist
No Business with Genocide
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For More Information:
“Eight things you can do to help Uyghurs in a time of genocide,” Uyghur Human Rights Project
End #ForcedLabourFashion Now – campaign website
“Uyghur Forced Labor Database,” – a resource from Jewish World Watch that details how global companies are complicit in forced labor