Will US Congress impose sanctions on China over human rights' violations ?

US Congress lawmakers shall introduce a piece of legislation calling on president Trump's administration to take action and condemn China in regards to its recent crackdown on Uigur Muslims in the north-western Xinjiang province.
 
The bill would also imply an appointment of a ''special coordinator'' for US policy on this issue and banning export of technologies that Beijing could use to conduct surveillance and mass detention of Muslim minorities.
 
The lawmakers want the government to consider human rights-related sanctions against Xinjiang Party Secretary Chen Quanguo, who is also a member of the powerful politburo, and other officials "credibly alleged to be responsible" for the security crackdown. 

"Chinese government officials should be held accountable for their complicity in this evil, and US businesses should be barred from helping China create a high-tech police state in Xinjiang," said Chris Smith, a Republican representative and one of the sponsors of the bipartisan legislation that will be presented in both the upper and lower houses of Congress.
 
The White House and the Chinese Embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the legislative proposal, which is also being supported by Republican Senator Marco Rubio and Democratic Senator Bob Menendez.

 

The measures could be taken under the Global Magnitsky Act, a law that allows the US government to target human rights violators around the globe by freezing any US assets, imposing bans on US travel, and prohibiting Americans from doing business with them.
 
The source: Aljazeera

14.11.2018

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