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Rubio Welcomes State Department’s Genocide Determination of CCP Atrocities Against Uyghurs in Xinjiang

Jan 19, 2021 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) welcomed the State Department’s determination that the Chinese Government’s and the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) persecution of Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and members of other Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) constitute crimes against humanity and genocide. Rubio is the co-author of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act introduced last Congress (S.3744), which would require the Secretary of State to make an atrocity determination related to the actions taken by Beijing in support of forced labor. Similar language was signed into law in December 2020. Rubio also co-authored the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 (P.L. 116-145), the first piece of legislation regarding Uyghurs in the world to be signed into law. 
“The Trump Administration did the right thing by calling the horrific crimes being committed by the Chinese Communist Party against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities by their rightful name: crimes against humanity and genocide,” Rubio said. “Today’s determination by the State Department is an important step towards accountability and justice, as we included in the FY2021 Omnibus Appropriations spending bill. The ongoing crimes at the hands of the Chinese government is a human tragedy that demands an immediate international response. These determinations are a call to action for the incoming administration, Congress, and our allies. We must ensure that the U.S. and free nations do all we can to end these atrocities and ensure that it remains a priority of our nation’s China policy.”
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.