The Save Uighur Campaign welcomes and applauds recent moves in early July and early August by the US to sanction Communist Chinese party officials for their genocidal policies in East Turkestan (Xinjiang). Such sanctions on CCP officials include visa denials to the US and blocking of any assets they own in the US. This builds upon the Global Magnitsky Act, which activists had been advocating for since China’s increased crackdown on the Uighur and other Turkic populations — most notably since China’s usage of concentration camps in 2017.
On July 31, Senator Marco Rubio also made a statement welcoming Global Magnitsky Sanctions on Chinese government officials, including Politburo member Chen Quangu, who is known for his leading role in the construction of camps, Sun Jinlong, a former Political Commissar of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) and Peng Jiarui, the Deputy Party Secretary and Commander of the XPCC.
Rubio stated: “Any individual linked to the human rights abuses against Uyghur and other Turkic minorities must be held accountable. I applaud the Trump Administration for their continued commitment to imposing costs on individuals and entities linked to the heinous crimes in Xinjiang. The XPCC’s role in forced labor should serve as a warning to any company with supply chains in Xinjiang. This also further highlights the urgent need for Congress to pass my bipartisan Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (S. 3471) without delay.”
Rubio is Cochair of the bipartisan and bicameral Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations’ Subcommittee that oversees human rights, and is a member of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.
The Save Uighur Campaign under Justice For All hopes these sanctions show a strong signal to China and is one step forward in having China immediately cease its genocide on the Uighurs.