China Angered By US Move To Pass Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act – The Chinese government has expressed anger after the United States House of Representatives passed the 2019 Uighur Human Rights Bill by a near unanimous vote on Tuesday night (03/12) United States time.
China threatened to take retaliatory action if the United States (US) to pass the bill. The bill still has to be approved by the US Senate and president.
The bill “deliberately undermines China’s human rights conditions in Xinjiang, recklessly tarnishes China’s efforts to eradicate extremism and fight terrorism, ruthlessly attacks the Chinese government’s policy of governing Xinjiang,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Tuesday. (04/12).
The approval of this bill, he continued, is an act that violates international law, is malicious and slanderous.
China Angered By US Move To Pass Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act
Uyghur human rights policy act authorizes President Biden’s administration to impose sanctions on China for alleged repression of the Muslim Uighur minority living in the autonomous region of Xinjiang Province.
It said Chinese officials suspected of involvement in the so-called arbitrary detention, torture and harassment of Uighurs could be subject to sanctions, including a Communist Party official. The aim of the bill is to address large-scale human rights violations including the mass detention of more than 1 million Uighurs.
China, as stated in the bill, also carries out “systematic discrimination” against Uighurs by “denying various political and civil rights, including freedom of expression, religion, movement and a fair trial”. The Chinese government’s policy towards Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang Province from the perspective of the US bill.
Under the bill, President Biden is called upon to “condemn various acts of abuse” against Uighurs. China was also asked to immediately close the detention camps.
The Chinese government insists the camps are being used as “re-education” facilities and not as prisons for thousands of Uighurs.
On numerous occasions, the Chinese government has claimed that the camps in Xinjiang provide voluntary education and training.
Recently, leaked classified documents detail the Chinese government’s efforts to systematically brainwash hundreds of thousands of Muslims in the heavily fortified camps.