Pass the Uyghur Policy Act

Tell your Members of Congress to support the Uyghur Policy Act

People belonging to ethnic, cultural, and religious groups in northwestern China, including Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and Hui, are currently the target of the largest organized detention of an ethno-religious minority the world has seen since World War II. Since 2017, over one million have been detained. Detainees are made to work under constant surveillance, with assigned minders and no freedom to leave. Their forced labor contributes to the production of goods for numerous multinationals.

The Uyghur Policy Act was introduced in the U.S. House by Representatives (H.R. 2766) by Reps. Young Kim (R-CA) and Ami Bera (D-CA) and the U.S. Senate (S.1252) by Senator Marco Rubio (R, FL).

On February 15th, the House passed H.R. 2766 by an overwhelming vote of 414 to 6. Now we turn to the Senate to pass the companion bill, S.1252.

The Uyghur Policy Act:

  • advocates for increased U.S. support for the Uyghur diaspora and better conditions for Uyghurs suffering from human rights abuses in East Turkistan;
  • requires the Department of State to develop a strategy to gain access to detention facilities and secure the release of detained Uyghurs during diplomatic meetings with CCP officials;
  • mandates Uyghur language training for Foreign Service Officers and assigns at least one Uyghur-speaking FSO to each U.S. diplomatic and consular mission in China, Turkey, and other nations with Uyghur populations;
  • directs the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations to oppose any motion that would prevent consideration of Uyghur and East Turkistan issues in UN activities.

For More Information

Click here for the latest text, status, and co-sponsors of the Senate Uyghur Policy Act (S.1252)

Click here for the latest text, status, and co-sponsors of the House Uyghur Policy Act (H.R. 2766)

"Eight things you can do to help Uyghurs in a time of genocide," Uyghur Human Rights Project

End #ForcedLabourFashion Now - campaign website

"Uyghur Forced Labor Database," - a new resource from Jewish World Watch that details how global companies are complicit in forced labor

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