The document adopted by the House of Representatives provides for the imposition of sanctions against the PRC for harassing Uyghurs and other Muslim groups.
The U.S. Lower House of Congress almost unanimously passed a bill that allows for sanctions against Chinese officials who oppress Uighurs and other Muslim groups in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region. This was announced on Thursday, May 28.
It is noted that 413 congressmen supported the initiative and only one was against it.
For the first time in the 231-year history of the House of Representatives, voting was held in a remote format that allowed one congressman to vote on behalf of several of his fellow party members. Seventy-one democrats voted in that way. Republicans are strongly opposed to this form of voting.
The bill, which was unanimously approved by the Senate in mid-May, obliges President Donald Trump to take strict action in response to the oppression of the Uighur minority in China. The initiative will now be sent to the head of the state for signature. Trump has so far not expressed his attitude to the bill, only promising to вЂњstudy it with the utmost careвЂќ.
The bill was authored by Republican (Florida) Senator Marco Rubio. The sanctions, in particular, imply the refusal to issue visas and the freezing of property located in the U.S. territory.
Late last year it was reported that China was destroying evidence of repression against the Uighurs.