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The US House of Representatives approves a bill on the situation of human rights of Uyghurs in China

December 4, 2019
Mujeres uigures abandonan un centro en Kashgar (Xinjiang)

Uyghur women leave a center in Kashgar (Xinjiang) – REUTERS / THOMAS PETER – Archive

Beijing argues that this is an internal matter and denounces that Washington is “encouraging terrorism” if it goes ahead with the bill

The House of Representatives of the United States has approved on Tuesday a bill on the Human Rights situation of the Uighur Muslim minority in China and that will allow Washington to intensify the measures and sanctions taken against Beijing in this regard.

The US House of Representatives approves a bill on the situation of human rights of Uyghurs in ChinaThe US House of Representatives approves a bill on the situation of human rights of Uyghurs in China

The Uyghur Human Rights Policy Law was passed in September by the Senate with the support of both Republicans and Democrats. The text now goes to the president, Donald Trump, for ratification.

This is the latest “anti-China” legislation passed by Congress, which last month gave the green light to the Hong Kong Human Rights law, which supports the protests registered in the Chinese region for six months and constitutes, according to China, an interference in its internal affairs.

The Uyghurs law, a Muslim minority based primarily in the western region of Xinjiang, will require the State Department to monitor and determine whether sanctions against high Chinese charges should be imposed for violating the Uyghur's Human Rights.

Thus, the federal government will have to identify which companies are involved in these abuses and offer support to journalists who work covering this type of information.

Despite accusations by human rights defenders, who claim that the Chinese government is interning and monitoring the Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, Beijing insists that it tries to deal with extremism, separatism and terrorism.

The tension between the two countries, which have been mired in a trade dispute over the past year, has recently increased due to the decision taken by the US Congress on Hong Kong.


For its part, the Government of China responded on Wednesday to the bill approved by the House of Representatives of the United States, stating that it strongly opposes this new policy of interference carried out by the Government of Washington, as it “encourages terrorism” .

“The bill arrogantly discredits China's efforts to combat terrorism and maliciously attacks the territorial policies of the Chinese government,” said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.

In turn, the Beijing Government has recalled that the Xinjiang issue is “an internal matter” and has urged the United States to “correct its mistakes and prevent the bill from becoming such.

In that regard, China has stated that it will make the decisions it deems appropriate depending on the development of the situation.


For its part, the United States Government has clarified that it will not “speculate” on the possible reprisals of Beijing against the new law, as indicated by the US Embassy in the capital of the Asian giant.

“We continue to ask China to immediately release all those who have been arbitrarily detained,” the embassy said in a statement. “We also call for an end to this draconian policy that has been terrorizing the citizens of Xinjiang for two years,” the text said.

The words of the United States on the situation in the Chinese region have taken place after the publication of the 'Xinjiang Papers'. The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists published last week a series of documents that, as they indicated, belong to the Communist Party of China and that contain details on the instructions to manage the massive detention camps where the Uyghurs would be held in northern China.

The Government of Beijing recognizes the existence of these centers but maintains that they are not places of detention but of “reeducation” to combat extremism and that admission to them is voluntary.

The leaked documents, which seriously question Beijing's official stance, include the instructions of the CCP deputy secretary general in Xinjiang, Zhu Hailun, among them, that “never” allow anyone to escape, increase discipline and punishment, promote confession and repentance and promote “true transformation.”

United Nations experts and activists denounced a year ago that at least 1 million Uyghurs and members of other ethnic or religious minorities had been held in clandestine centers in Xinjiang. It is believed that one million people, mostly Uyghurs, have been arrested without trial.

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