Subcommittees to Hold Briefing Examining China’s Human Rights Abuses Against the Muslim Uyghur Population

Aug 14, 2020
Press Release

Washington D.C. (Aug. 14, 2020)—On Monday, August 17, 2020, at 11:00 a.m., Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, the Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform’s Subcommittee on National Security, and Rep. Ami Bera, M.D., Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs’ Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation will hold a joint briefing on “China’s Oppression of Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang.” 

 

Since at least late 2016, China has detained between one and three million Uyghurs in re-education camps, where they are “forced to learn Mandarin, renounce ‘extremist’ thoughts and undergo daily indoctrination in Chinese Communist Party propaganda,” in violation of China’s constitution and international labor and human rights laws.

 

China’s repressive tactics are designed to subjugate and assimilate the Uyghur population, and some experts have argued that China is committing “demographic genocide.”  In June 2020, reports emerged that China was carrying out a forced birth control campaign in Xinjiang that resulted in birth rates decreasing “more than 60% from 2015 to 2018.”

 

The briefing will examine these human rights abuses and steps the Trump Administration should take alongside the international community, including global businesses and multilateral instructions, to hold China accountable. 

 

WHAT:  

 

Subcommittee on National Security and Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Nonproliferation Joint Briefing on “China’s Oppression of Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang” 

 

WHEN:

Monday, August 17, 2020, at 11:00 a.m. ET

 

WHO:    

 

Dolkun Isa
President
World Uyghur Congress

 

Jessica Batke
Senior Editor, ChinaFile
Center on U.S.-China Relations

 

Maya Wang
China Senior Researcher
Human Rights Watch

WATCH:

A livestream will be available on YouTube and the Committee on Oversight and Reform’s website.

 

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