Pascrell Condemns Chinese Communist Party Persecution
WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) today voted in favor of S. 187, the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019 that highlights the Chinese Communist Party’s continued subjugation and internment of Muslim ethnic Uyghurs. The legislation condemns China’s internment camps, seeks more information on the extent of these crimes, and paves the way for imposing human rights sanctions on actors carrying out the Chinese Communist Party’s cruel institutional behavior towards the Muslim minority.
“China’s persecution of minority Uyghurs is something out of the Dark Ages or Stalin’s Soviet Union,” said Rep. Pascrell, one of Congress’s foremost critics of China’s recent crackdown on peaceful Hong Kong protestors. “The Chinese Communist Party has built a modern gulag archipelago that is imprisoning up to two million Uyghurs solely because of their religious beliefs. By today’s action, we will obtain more information on the full extent of the Chinese Communist Party’s crimes and hold accountable those who are participating in them. America will not turn a blind eye to the Chinese government’s increasing contempt for human dignity. I commend Congressman Smith for his unceasing dedication toward university human rights.”