Summary

H.Res. 576: Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of the People’s Republic of China has violated internationally recognized human rights by implementing severe... Read More

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This resolution was introduced on Mar 7, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not passed.

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RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that the Government of the People's Republic of China has violated internationally recognized human rights by implementing severe restrictions on the rights of Uyghurs to freely associate and engage in religious and political speech, subjecting detained Uyghurs to torture and forced confessions, carrying out extrajudicial killings against Uyghur dissidents, and pressuring other governments to unlawfully return Uyghurs to China, where they face mistreatment and persecution.

Whereas Uyghurs in China face worsening repression by the Government of China, through increasing controls on religious, political, and cultural activity, and through increasing security restrictions, deprivations of due process, forcible disappearances, torture, and extrajudicial killings; Whereas as a result of this institutionalized discrimination by the Government of China against Uyghurs, confrontations between Uyghurs and Chinese police have intensified since July 5, 2009, when violence broke out in Urumqi during initially peaceful protests, reportedly resulting in the deaths of 197 people and the detention of more than 1,400 people; Whereas hundreds of persons detained after the July 2009 riots have not been accounted for by the Government of China, and serious allegations of torture and other human rights abuses by Chinese police have gone uninvestigated; Whereas many of the Uyghurs detained in relation to the July 2009 events are feared to have been subjected to torture and forced confessions during their imprisonment; Whereas trials for many of the Uyghurs charged in relation to the July 2009 events have lacked transparency, and defendants have allegedly been denied...

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