The incredible advocacy coming from every corner of the country and from many diverse voices is tangibly making a difference. Advocates have worked hard to gain the full support of the Senate and we won. Every single member voted yes – Democrats and Republicans – and now it is time to thank them. The unanimous support gives the bill a helpful boost for its next hurdle in the House. Thank you for your tremendous advocacy – and keep it coming. We are closer than we have ever been in passing this important bill. With it, we pray for an end to arbitrary detention, torture, and harassment of Uyghur and other minority communities inside and outside China.
On behalf of the millions of people around the world, especially in Uyghurs in the United States and their communities, faith leaders and their congregations concerned about religious freedom, advocates who are appalled at the human rights conditions of the ethnic minority in the region, we thank you for voting on September 10, 2019 to pass Senate bill S. 178: Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019. They all watched this vote closely. On their behalf, we thank you again for doing what is right.
This vote was critical to our nation’s future.
The world has known of China’s religious-freedom abuses for decades but done little. The world has known the crimes against humanity have been committed, from harvesting of human organs from political prisoners to separating families running the largest concentration camps since Nazi Germany. This bill is a giant step in the right direction.
Passing the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act has sent the message to China that the U.S. values religious freedom and human rights.
It shows that we care about how other countries — especially those who wish to do business with us — treat their religious minorities.
Now the House should pass the bill without hesitation.