Florida Senator Marco Rubio is honing in on China, and this time he’s blasting the country on Human Rights concerns.
As chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China and as a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Senator Rubio called on the United States to intervene in China’s handling of Muslim minorities in that nation.
Teaming with Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, both Senators introduced the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act.” Rubio’s office noted that the legislation was created “in response to the gross violations of human rights in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, including the mass internment of over one million Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities, as well as China’s intimidation and threats against U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents (LPRs) on American soil.”
The legislation makes the U.S. State Department and the Director of National Intelligence create a report “regarding the regional security threat posed by the crackdown and the frequency with which Central Asian countries are forcibly returning Turkic Muslim refugees and asylum seekers.” The report “will also include a list of Chinese companies involved in the construction and operation of the camps.”
Speaking on the legislation, Senator Rubio commented that “The United States must hold accountable officials in the Chinese government and Communist Party responsible for gross violations of human rights and possible crimes against humanity, including the internment in ‘political reeducation’ camps of as many as a million Uyghur and other predominantly Muslim minorities. I’m proud to lead this important initiative that elevates the current crisis in Xinjiang, puts forth policy options to address it, and signals that we will not tolerate Chinese government intrusions on American soil.”
Menendez also added that “The situation in Xinjiang and China’s treatment of its Uighur minority is beyond abhorrent and shines a light of China’s surveillance state tactics that threaten basic human dignity. The president needs to have a clear and consistent approach to China, and not turn a blind eye as a million Muslims are unjustly imprisoned and forced into labor camps by an autocratic regime.”