On Tuesday, October 27, Republican Sens. John Cornyn (Texas), Marco Rubio (Florida), and Jim Risch (Idaho) introduced a bipartisan bill that hopes to establish human rights abuses in China against the Uighurs as genocide.
Democratic Sens. Bob Mendez (New Jersey) Jeff Merkley (Oregon) and Ben Cardin (Maryland) joined the proposal to present the legislation, which will be presented before the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, informed the Washington Free Beacon.
The bill seeks to take all available measures to end the abuses that have been perpetrated by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) against Uighur Muslims. The Free Beacon reported that Beijing has arrested and incarcerated about 1.8 million Uighurs in forced labor camps in the Xinjiang region.
The resolution aims not only to condemn the deprivation of liberty of the Uighurs but also other forms of abuse to which they are subjected such as forced sterilizations, abortions, and repression of their beliefs.
It also points out that the CCP has separated approximately 500,000 Chinese Muslim children from their families and transferred them to state-run boarding schools where they are subjected to communist indoctrination, forcing them to renounce their culture.
If the bill succeeds in defining this problem as ‘genocide’ it would alter the way the United states legally responds to the abuses of the CCP, while expanding the opportunities for an international response.
“Free nations must urgently unite and press for an end to these crimes and seek accountability and justice,” Rubio said.
On Oct. 23, the White House called the internment centers in Xinjiang, northeast China, “concentration camps.”
“There is no credible justification that I can find in Chinese philosophy, religion, or moral law for concentration camps within its borders,” said Matt Pottinger, President Trump’s deputy national security adviser.
On Friday, National Security Council spokesman John Ullyot spoke about the background to 13 policy measures the White House has implemented since 2017 aimed at holding the CCP accountable for its treatment of Uighurs in the Xinjiang.
Among the measures discussed were the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Law, implemented at the beginning of the year, and the de-financing of United Nations programming that cooperates with the CCP.
A report issued by Human Right Watch in February of this year states, “Chinese authorities continue to enjoy impunity for these systematic rights violations. Muslim-majority countries, including democracies such as Malaysia and Indonesia, have remained largely silent. While some governments have pressured China to allow independent observers into the region, China has ignored them; only the United States has imposed some sanctions on police and businesses in Xinjiang,” the NGO adds.