Trump Signs Human Rights Policy Act Challenging China’s Muslim Concentration Camps
Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act signed into law
President Donald Trump has signed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, which will require sanctions on China for putting ethnic Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities into concentration camps.
The Chinese camps are reportedly plagued with slavery, rape, organ harvesting, and other horrors.
The law is “the first legislative initiative to take concrete action to end the Uyghur crisis and hold those responsible for atrocities accountable," according to The World Uyghur Congress (WUC) - one of the world's most prominent organizations fighting for the Uyghur people's humans rights.
Within the text of the law, Trump is required to “periodically report” a list of entities and people engaging in the repression of the Uyghur people.
“The President shall impose property-blocking sanctions on the identified individuals and entities and visa-blocking sanctions on the identified individuals,” the law states.
It prevents Trump from revoking these sanctions without approval from various Congressional entities.
The law also requires the FBI and other law enforcement to protect Uyghur-Americans by targeting those who “harass, threaten, or intimidate” them.
The law also gives the government power to punish corporations that sell goods made by Uyghur slaves in China.
Prominent Uyghur human rights activists have praised the act.
“We are deeply grateful to the U.S. government for passing this important act,” Dolkun Isa said in a statement on Wednesday.
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“If we are to ease the suffering of the Uyghur people, we must move beyond words of sympathy and support to targeted and meaningful action."
"I urge other governments around the world to pass similar pieces to legislation to let the Chinese government know that the world will not sit idly by while it commits crimes against humanity.”
Last year, Neon Nettle reported Chinese authorities were forcing Muslims to integrate into local Chinese culture and imprisoning those who refuse to comply due to their religious beliefs.
Muslims in Xinjiang were being forced to eat pork and drink alcohol at local events, residents have claimed.
Human rights campaigners say over 1,000,000 Muslims were sent prison camps for "re-education" with detainees being forced into the centers to try to bring them into line with the Communist Party's way of thinking.