U.S. Lawmaker Calls For 'Special Envoy On Uyghur Genocide'

U.S. Lawmaker Calls For 'Special Envoy On Uyghur Genocide'

The new position, if adopted into law, would coordinate the U.S. diplomatic and economic response to China's human rights abuses in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

Andrew H. Sweet

Proposed on June 30 by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), the amendment—now adopted by the Committee with strong bipartisan support—would require the U.S. Secretary of State to establish the position to respond to widespread and ongoing human rights abuses in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

Other areas of concern would include the programs of surveillance and police detection now carried out by Chinese authorities in the XUAR and the counterradicalism campaigns used by China's ruling CCP to justify its policies in the region, Smith said.

Led by Canada, an alliance of 40 countries called on China on June 22 to allow the U.N.'s human rights chief access to the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) to look into reported abuses of ethnic Uyghurs, including arbitrary detentions, torture, and forced labor.

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