Republican senators recently introduced a bill that seeks to allow victims of the pandemic in the United States to sue the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for death, physical or economic harm to the person, their property or business within the country, Town Hall reported July 20, 2020.
The bill seeks to “To amend title 28, United States Code, to strip foreign sovereign immunity of certain foreign states to secure justice for victims of novel coronavirus [CCP Virus] in the United States.”
The basic points of the bill, which will become law once the president approves it, are:
- That federal courts in the United States can hear complaints from victims of the pandemic of Chinese origin.
- Plaintiffs will be able to apply for three times the cost of the damage received, including attorney’s fees and the cost of the trial.
- The Secretary of State must certify that the legal proceeding against the foreign state is in good faith.
- In the context of this bill, the foreign state will be stripped of immunity to enforce the applicable laws.
- Lawsuits can be initiated up to 20 years after the start of the action, the pandemic.
The bill was introduced by Sen. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and signed by Republican Sens. Marsha Blackburn, Tom Cotton, Josh Hawley, Mike Rounds, and Thom Tillis.
Because of the CCP’s negligence, the pandemic came to the United States and caused a humanitarian crisis, destroyed the country’s booming economy, as well as various side effects such as depression and so on.
Because the Chinese Communist Party withheld information about the virus when the first cases emerged, more than 5 million potentially infected Chinese left Wuhan, the epicenter in China, and carried the virus throughout China and the world.
The United States is not the only country that has been a victim of the CCP, but fortunately President Trump’s administration is taking the first steps to hold it accountable for its wrongdoing. Hopefully more world leaders will follow suit.