President Donald Trump on Wednesday, June 17, signed a bill seeking to sanction Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials responsible for the persecution of Uighurs and other minority groups.
“Today, I have signed into law S. 3744, the Uighur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020, President Trump said in a statement. “The Act holds accountable perpetrators of human rights violations and abuses such as the systematic use of indoctrination camps, forced labor, and intrusive surveillance to eradicate the ethnic identity and religious beliefs of Uyghurs and other minorities in China.”
The bill, passed both the Senate and the House in May, condemns the CCP for its treatment of Uighur Muslims and other minorities and calls for the camps in the Xinjiang region to be closed, according to The Hill.
The legislation, authored by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), also directs President Trump to identify and sanction Chinese individuals responsible for abuses of minority groups.
President Trump has 180 days to submit a report to Congress identifying CCP officials and other individuals who are responsible for human rights abuses in Xinjiang.
Under the bill, the administration is required to sanction those Chinese individuals by blocking their assets and declaring them ineligible for visas or admission to the United States. The White House is allowed to waive sanctions if President Trump deems it in the national interest, but the president must notify Congress that he plans to do so.
Following Marxist atheism, CCP leaders have been seeking to eradicate faith believers, including Uighurs, Tibetans, Catholics, and Falun Gong.
The U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on Thursday welcomed President Trump’s signing of the Uighur Human Rights Policy Act, calling it “great day” for Uighur and other Turkic people who have been subject to ghastly human rights abuses by the CCP.
“Because of the U.S. government’s commitment to religious freedom, for the first time in years, we have reason to hope for a better future for Muslims living in China,” USCIRF Commissioner Nury Turkel stated.
“We urge the Trump administration to swiftly implement this new law by sanctioning Communist Party Secretary Chen Quanguo, former Political and Legal Affairs Commission Chief Zhu Hailun, Hikvision Chairman Chen Zongnian, and any other Chinese official responsible for the crimes against humanity occurring in Xinjiang,” USCIRF Commissioner Gary Bauer added.