Gardner Releases Statement on China’s Human Rights Abuses

Calls for the Trump Administration to Take Action

Washington, DC - Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity, released the below statement today following reports that products sold in the United States were manufactured in Chinese forced labor camps in the Xinjiang Autonomous Province.


On December 4, 2018, Gardner held a hearing in his subcommittee specifically focused on China’s human rights abuses. The hearing was the first public instance where the U.S. State Department publicly revealed that over 2 million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are being detained in modern-day concentration camps in Xinjiang. On December 12, 2018, Gardner condemned China’s human rights abuses in a personal meeting with China’s Ambassador to the United States, Cu Tiankai.  


“China’s actions in Xinjiang are unacceptable, barbaric, and an affront to basic civilized norms and human rights,” said Senator Gardner. “I urge the Administration to take urgent action to help the Uighurs, including imposing sanctions on the Chinese authorities responsible for these abuses, and imposing an immediate import ban to ensure any products manufactured by forced labor in China never reach the United States.”





Cory Gardner is a member of the U.S. Senate serving Colorado. He sits on the Energy & Natural Resources Committee, the Foreign Relations Committee, the Commerce, Science, & Transportation Committee, and the Budget Committee, and is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.