Yoho Leads Bipartisan-International Letter Urging United Nations to Investigate Uyghur Human Rights Abuses in Xinjiang
Washington, D.C. – On November 16, 2020, Congressman Ted S. Yoho (R-FL) led a letter to UN Secretary General António Guterres urging him to leverage the international organization’s investigative and political mechanisms to urgently investigate and elevate the ongoing crisis in Xinjiang The letter’s requested actions align closely with the demands of leading experts and the non-governmental community: notably the appointment of a Special Envoy, Special Rapporteur, or other investigative mechanism, as well as the holding of a Special Session of the Human Rights Council.
The letter is led in the House by Reps. Ted Yoho and Tom Malinowski (D-NJ) and in the Senate by Sens. Rick Scott (R-FL) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR). International support on the letter included parliamentarians from Australia, Canada, the European Union, Italy, and Switzerland.
A copy of the letter can be found here.
“The abuse of the Uyghur population at the hands of the Chinese Communist Party has been ignored for far too long,” said House Asia Subcommittee Ranking Member Ted Yoho. “In order to properly investigate accusations of cultural genocide, forced labor, rape and forced sterilizations the international community must work together in holding the perpetrators responsible. I’m encouraged to see broad bipartisanship meet international support in coming together to demand accountability and transparency in China’s administration of the Xinjiang region.”
“The Chinese government’s targeted persecution of millions of Muslim Uyghurs is today’s greatest human rights crisis,” said Representative Tom Malinowski. “By listening to his own experts and activating formal UN investigations, the Secretary General can show that the UN’s principles are stronger than the Chinese government’s influence.”
Senator Rick Scott said, “It’s shameful that Communist China’s campaign of genocide against the Uyghurs has been ignored by the UN Human Rights Council for so long,” said Senator Rick Scott. “The UN Human Rights Council must immediately hold a special session to address this growing crisis. I am proud to join my colleagues to call on the UN to take immediate and forceful action to expose and condemn Communist China’s despicable human rights abuses.”
“The imprisonment, torture, forced ‘re-education,’ and intense surveillance of Uyghur Muslims in China is nothing short of genocide,” said Senate Foreign Relations Committee Member and Congressional-Executive Commission on China Commissioner Senator Jeff Merkley. “Partners of freedom and humanity around the world have a grave responsibility to come together and use every lever at our disposal to demand justice in Xinjiang—including a thorough United Nations investigation, unfettered access to Xinjiang for human rights monitors, and decisive action from the UN Human Rights Council.”