Following the passage of the Uyghur Human Rights Bill in the US Senate by the Republican Party – members of the ECR Party – the European Conservatives and Reformists Party are calling for the European Union to take similar action.
The “Uyghur Human Rights Bill 2020” (S.3744), introduced by Republican Senator Marco Rubio, received broad cross-party support in the Senate. The bill calls for the United States to take a strong position against the Chinese Communist Party for their role in the suppression of the Uyghur and other Turkic people living in China.
The bill reads: “The purpose of this Act is to direct United States resources to address human rights violations and abuses, including gross violations of human rights, by the Government of the People’s Republic of China through the mass surveillance and internment of over 1,000,000 Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and members of other Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.”
The main aim of the bill is to introduce tough new sanctions against members the Chinese Communist Party and senior figures in the regime in Beijing. These sanctions follow the general provisions of the Magnitsky Act including the freezing of assets, termination of visas and exclusion of travel to the United States.
ECR Party Vice President Anna Fotyga MEP said: "Last year European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize was awarded to Ilham Tohti, an Uyghur scholar, a member of the intellectual elite, who despite being a voice of moderation and reconciliation, was sentenced to life in prison. I met his daughter, all of us in Strasbourg were able to hear her testimonies. In December last year we adopted a resolution on the situation of the Uyghurs in China .The knowledge is there. Now we need actions. The West should be united to resist the cruel communist system. I call the EU to stand by the values she declares and follow the U.S. steps”.
The European Conservatives and Reformists are calling for the European Union to enact similar action and condemn the ongoing human rights violations being levelled against the Uyghurs by the Communist state, and to introduce targeted sanctions against members of the regime.