Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) today released the following statements after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee marked up their bipartisan Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act:
“It is long overdue to hold Chinese government and Communist Party officials accountable for systemic and egregious human rights abuses against Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim minorities in Xinjiang,” Rubio said. “The Senate Foreign Relations Committee took an important step today by marking up our bipartisan Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act. I urge the full Senate and the House to quickly pass this bill so the President can enact it into law.”
“Today we are all Uyghurs, and China’s horrific and systematic abuse of its Uyghur minority is an affront to all people who value the principles of universal human rights, and Beijing’s imposition of systemic mass surveillance in Xinjiang should send a chill down the spine of every person who values humanity, human life, and ethnic, religious and cultural freedom,” Menendez said. “The Senate Foreign Relations Committee has taken an important stand today against President Xi and the Chinese Communist Party’s vision of a dystopian authoritarian future for their own people and for the planet, and I urge my colleagues in the Senate to join with Senator Rubio and myself in passing this legislation as soon as possible.”
Co-sponsors include Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO), Ron Wyden (D-OR), John Cornyn (R-TX), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Steve Daines (R-MT), Chris Coons (D-DE), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Tim Kaine (D-VA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Tom Cotton (R-AR), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Ed Markey (D-MA), Mike Braun (R-IN), Todd Young (R-IN), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Susan Collins (R-ME), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Angus King (I-ME), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Chris Murphy (D-CT), Gary Peters (D-MI), Jack Reed (D-RI), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Pat Toomey (R-PA), Mark Warner (D-VA), Bob Casey (D-PA), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA).
A copy of the legislation can be found here. Key elements of the legislation include:
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