Washington, DC – The House of Representatives yesterday passed the bi-partisan Uyghur Policy Act (H.R. 4785) that Rep. Kim, Young [R-CA-39] introduced on July 29, 2021. It will help to fight #StopUyghurGenocide and support freedom around the world, clean up our supply chains & hold authoritarian regimes accountable, Rep Young Kim tweeted.
The Uyghur Policy Act, led by U.S. Representative Young Kim (CA-39), Vice Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, Central Asia, and Nonproliferation, and Subcommittee Chair Ami Bera (CA-07), would create a comprehensive, multilateral strategy to raise international awareness of the persecution of Uyghurs, direct the State Department to effectively respond to human rights challenges in the 'Xinjiang' Uyghur Autonomous Region and push back on China’s (PRC) efforts to silence Uyghur voices.
“The Chinese regime has repeatedly silenced, detained, imprisoned, tortured, and brainwashed millions of Uyghurs each day. Words are not enough to counter the Chinese Communist Party – we need action!” “The Uyghur Policy Act equips the U.S. with tools needed to support the basic human rights and distinct identities of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in the 'Xinjiang' Uyghur Autonomous Region subject to the Chinese government’s inhumane treatment. I will continue to firmly push back against the repeated disinformation, coercion, and abuse by the Chinese government and support human rights and freedom in the world.”
“No one should be persecuted for their religious or cultural identity. Yet despite widespread and sustained international condemnation, the Chinese Communist Party continues to target Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic and religious minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region for their faith and heritage,” Rep. Young Kim said.
Read the text of the bill HERE.