06.19.20

President Signs Gardner-Backed Bill Supporting Human Rights in China

Legislation Includes Gardner-Authored Language Calling for Sanctions Against Chinese Officials

Washington, D.C. – President Trump signed S. 3744, the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Cory Gardner (R-CO), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy, and a bipartisan group of colleagues led by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Senator Jim Risch (R-ID), the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“The Chinese Communist Party’s mass internment and forced labor of Uighurs is one of the greatest ongoing tragedies of our time, and they must pay a heavy price for their heinous crimes,” said Senator Gardner. “The CCP’s actions in Xinjiang are an affront to humanity – and the signing of this bill makes it clear that the United States stands for human rights around the world. I applaud the President for signing this important bill into law, and I encourage the Administration to fully implement my Asia Reassurance Initiative Act and other relevant U.S. laws to hold the CCP and its enablers responsible.”

S. 3744 notes that Gardner’s Asia Reassurance Initiative Act, signed into law in December 2018, authorizes funding to promote democracy, human rights, and rule of law in the People’s Republic of China and supports sanctions designations against any entity or individual that violates human rights or religious freedoms or engages in censorship activities.

In December 2018, Gardner held a hearing in his subcommittee specifically focused on China’s human rights abuses, including hearing testimony from one of the top Uighur community leaders. The hearing was the first public instance where the U.S. Department of State publicly revealed that over two million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities are being detained in modern-day concentration camps in Xinjiang. Also in December 2018, Gardner condemned China’s human rights abuses in a personal meeting with China’s Ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai.  

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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 is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.