Bill for Uighur Rights
U.S. President Donald Trump has signed legislation for sanctions over the repression of China’s Uighurs to toughen its response against China’s crackdown on its Muslim minority.
- The Uighur Act of 2019 calls on President Donald Trump to impose sanctions for the first time on a member of China’s powerful politburo.
- The Uighur Bill requires the U.S. President to condemn abuses against Muslims and call for the closure of mass detention camps in the northwestern region of Xinjiang.
- It calls for sanctions against senior Chinese officials who, it says, are responsible.
Who are ‘Uighurs’?
- Uighur is a predominantly Turkic-speaking ethnic group.
- They are primarily confined in China’s northwestern region of Xinjiang and is one of the largest Muslim group in that region.