The Senate passed the bipartisan Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019 (S.178) on September 11, 2019, by unanimous consent. The House passed the Uyghur Intervention and Global Humanitarian Urgent Response Act of 2019 (UIGHUR Act) (S.178) on December 3. These two bills contained slightly different provisions in some Sections.
This bill will mandate targeted sanctions on the perpetrators of gross human violations against Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in China. It will also condemn the violations, require annual reports to Congress, and prioritize action on the Uyghur crisis within the State Department.
Next steps: The Senate Foreign Relations Committee must mark up and pass out an amended bill, which must then pass the Senate. After that, the House must take up the same language and pass it. With overwhelming support in both chambers, the bills are expected to pass easily, as soon as leadership puts them up for vote. After both chambers pass bills containing the same language, the bill will go to the President’s desk.
Please contact your Senator to urge swift action on the Uyghur Intervention and Global Humanitarian Urgent Response (UIGHUR) Act of 2019 (S.178).
Your voice can make a difference.
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