H. R. 649, Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019.

Summary: To condemn gross human rights violations of ethnic Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, and calling for an end to arbitrary detention, torture, and harassment of these communities inside and outside China. Cosponsors

ANGIE CRAIG’S POSITION:  Representative Craig cosponsored the bill on 6/03/19.

STATUS: Introduced 1/17/19 by Rep. Smith, Christopher H. [R-NJ-4]. 

INFORMATION RELATED TO THE BILL:

  • Related to the Senate version of the bill… In mid-January of 2019, the House and the Senate rallied at the injustice of a singular humanitarian crisis halfway across the world and introducing S.178, otherwise known as the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019. (Source: Borgen Magazine)
  • “This is now one of the world’s most pressing human rights challenges,” said Smith.  “The Chinese government is engaged in an appalling campaign to forcibly assimilate and destroy the religion and culture of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims—we cannot be silent when such atrocities occur. There must be a coordinated and bipartisan response, from the U.S. and the international community, that will hold Chinese officials and businesses accountable for their egregious abuses and, at the same time, will protect U.S. citizens and their families.” (Source: Rep. Smith, Press Release, 1/17/19)

ADDITIONAL DETAIL:

  • Link to the text of the bill.
  • Link to bill information (support and opposition) on Countable.

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