Washington, DC – Today, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed the Uyghur Policy Act (H.R. 2766), led by U.S. Representative Young Kim (CA-40) to help the United States take concrete steps to support Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities subject to unthinkable atrocities by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
This bipartisan, bicameral bill 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 the CCP efforts to silence Uyghur voices.
The Uyghur Policy Act passed the House in an overwhelmingly bipartisan manner last Congress.
“Sitting on the sidelines as the CCP commits genocide and human rights abuses against Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang means we are complicit. We must show through our words and our actions that we condemn the CCP’s repeated coercion, disinformation, and abuse in all forms and stand for freedom,” said Rep. Kim, who serves as Chairwoman of the Indo-Pacific Subcommittee. “The Uyghur Policy Act equips the U.S. with the tools needed to support the basic human rights and distinct identities of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities subject to inhumane treatment. I will continue to firmly push back against the CCP’s abuses and support human rights and freedom around the world.”