The US has taken a tough stand in the case of persecution of Uighur Muslims in China. President Donald Trump has signed a bill in this regard, with his approval, the bill has now become law.
The US has taken a tough stand in the case of persecution of Uighur Muslims in China. President Donald Trump has signed a bill in this regard, with his approval, the bill has now become law. The bill calls for a ban on Chinese officials responsible for the suppression of Uighur Muslims.
The House of Representatives and the Senate sent the bill ‘Uighur Human Rights Policy Act 2020’ to the President in May. In a statement issued on Wednesday, Trump said, “This law holds accountable for those who force labour by violating human rights, erasing the ethnic identities and religious beliefs of Uighur and other minorities in China, torturing them”.
The law condemns the Chinese Communist Party’s treatment of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities and calls for the closure of camps in the Xinjiang region of China, where the United Nations believes these camps have over one million Muslims have been kept in custody.
It also directs the Trump administration to identify and ban individuals responsible for misconduct from minority groups. Trump must submit a report to Congress within 180 days of signing the bill. It will mention the identity of each person including Chinese officials who are responsible for human rights violations, torturing minorities, detaining them without charge, prosecuting them, and depriving them of their rights to life in Xinjiang Province. After the identification of these responsible persons, America will find out their possible properties and then freeze them. With this, there will be a ban on their coming to America.
If the President wishes, the White House can loosen the scope of the restrictions included in the laws, but for this, he will have to inform the Congress. While Donald Trump was signing the law, an excerpt from his former National Security Advisor John Bolton’s book was published in The Wall Street Journal. In which it is alleged that Trump had agreed to build camps in Xinjiang province with Chinese President Xi Jinping during the G20 meeting in 2019. He had said that Xi should move forward on building the camps.