House to Vote on Bill Punishing China for Abuse of Uyghur Muslims

The House is expected to vote this week on legislation to prohibit certain imports from China’s Xinjiang region, where the country’s government is accused of holding Uyghur Muslims in forced labor camps, and sanction officials involved in human rights abuses.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the legislation would come up for a vote this week in a Monday statement following the Biden administration’s announcement that the U.S. will not send any government officials to Beijing next year for the Olympic Games.

“As one united international community, we have the opportunity and responsibility to hold Beijing to account and to stand up for human dignity and freedom in the region and around the world,” Pelosi said.

The legislation, titled the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, would prohibit imports of goods produced in China’s Xinjiang region unless Customs and Border Protection determines they were not produced with forced labor.

The measure would also authorize sanctions on entities and individuals facilitating the forced labor of Uyghurs and other Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Cristina Marcos