US Congress passes Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act

The US Congress has passed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, which proposes that America redirect resources to address the mass internment of over 10 lakh Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities in China. The move by the House of Representatives is expected to generate a sharp reaction from China.The Act, which calls for an end to the detaining, torture and harassment of the Uyghur communities in China, was passed by the Senate earlier.

The Bill is an important step in countering the totalitarian Chinese government’s widespread and horrific human rights abuses in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Among these include the mass internment of more than one million Uyghurs and other predominantly ethnic Turkic Muslims, as well as Beijing’s intimidation and threats against US citizens and legal permanent residents on American soil. The Bill directs various US government bodies to prepare reports on China’s treatment of the Uyghurs, a predominantly Muslim Turkic ethnic group. 

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