The US House of Representatives on Wednesday overwhelmingly passed three measures against China in protest of the country’s human rights record. However, one Republican voted against two of the three bills.
The three measures ban imports from Xinjiang into China and condemn “ongoing genocide” in the region amid concerns over forced labor and human rights abuses.
A resolution that the International Olympic Committee violated its human rights commitments by cooperating with China was passed 428-0. The resolution was brought in protest against the case of Chinese tennis player Peng Shuai, who “disappeared” shortly after accusing a former top Chinese government official of sexual assault.
The remaining two resolutions were passed with only one Republican, Kentucky Representative Thomas Massey, voting against him.
One of these resolutions condemned “ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity” by China against Uighurs and members of other religious and ethnic minority groups, and called for action at the United Nations.
The second measure involves the imposition of new restrictions on imports from Xinjiang by US Customs and Border Protection, in place called the “Uighur Forced Labor Prevention Act”. The bill sought to ensure that goods produced through forced labor by minority groups including Uighurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz would not be bought or sold in the US.
Mr Macy recently sparked outrage after posting a Christmas photo of his family with guns, just days after four students were killed in Michigan in the deadliest school shooting in the country since 2018.
In the photo, Mr. Massey and his family, all holding guns, are seen posing in front of the Christmas tree. The photo was captioned: “Merry Christmas! PS Santa, please bring gunpowder.”
The social media post received backlash for being insensitive to the victims of the shooting at a Michigan high school, where sophomore Ethan Crumbley is accused of firing shots at fellow students.
Massey said he voted “no” because he believed the US should not interfere in the internal affairs of other countries. the new York Times.
These three proposals have come amid rising tensions between the US and China.
Just two days earlier, the Joe Biden administration announced a diplomatic boycott of the Winter Olympics in China in February. The US said on Monday that no government official would attend the Winter Olympics to protest China’s alleged human rights abuses and genocide.
Beijing has denied any wrongdoing in Xinjiang amid global outcry for rights activists to boycott the country.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement after the bill was passed: “Today, Congress sends a clear message: The Chinese government’s genocide of the Uighur people must now end.”
“If the US does not speak up for human rights in China because of commercial interests, we lose the moral right to speak up for human rights anywhere in the world,” Pelosi said.
The bills will now go to the Senate before being sent to President Joe Biden for approval.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / China