Bill for Uighur Rights

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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.

Details

  • 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.
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