Trump OKs invoice to punish China over ethnic crackdown

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The invoice, which incorporates sanctions on Chinese officers concerned within the mass surveillance and detention of Uighurs and different ethnic teams in Xinjiang area, has been signed by US President Donald Trump.

US President Donald Trump

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President Donald Trump has signed a laws that seeks to punish China for its crackdown on Uighurs and different ethnic minorities.

The invoice consists of sanctions on Chinese officers concerned within the mass surveillance and detention of Uighurs and different ethnic teams within the western Xinjiang area.

The laws represents probably the most important motion thus far by any nation to punish China for a crackdown during which greater than 1,000,000 folks have been detained in camps below harsh situations.

It was anticipated to additional inflame already tense relations with China.

Congress handed the invoice with little opposition. Trump signed it Wednesday with no ceremony as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was in Hawaii to fulfill with a senior Chinese diplomat.

Trump issued an announcement saying the Uighur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 would maintain “perpetrators of human rights violations” accountable, however noting {that a} part of the legislation would intervene with govt authority to terminate sure sanctions and the administration would deal with that part as non-binding.

Nury Turkel, a lawyer and Uighur rights advocate and member of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom, thanked the president in a social media put up. “It’s a fantastic day for America and the Uighur folks,” he wrote.

Members of Congress meant the laws to extend strain on China over the crackdown in Xinjiang, the place authorities have detained greater than 1,000,000 folks — from largely Muslim ethnic teams that embrace Uighurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz — in an unlimited community of detention centres.

It would impose sanctions on particular Chinese officers, such because the Communist Party official who oversees authorities coverage in Xinjiang.

The laws additionally requires the US authorities to report back to Congress on violations of human rights in Xinjiang in addition to China’s acquisition of know-how used for mass detention and surveillance. It additionally requires American authorities to look into the pervasive experiences of harassment and threats of Uighurs and different Chinese nationals within the United States.

China has publicly brushed away criticism of its crackdown in Xinjiang, which it launched in 2014 because the “Strike Hard Against Violent Extremism” marketing campaign in an unlimited resource-rich territory whose inhabitants are largely distinct, culturally and ethnically, from the nation’s Han Chinese majority.


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