The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) this week issued its annual report detailing human rights concerns and rule of law developments in China.
U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), who chairs the commission, said, “The Commission’s 2018 report documents gross violations of human rights in ethnic minority regions, religious freedom violations, harassment of rights defenders and lawyers, suppression of free speech, onerous restrictions on civil society and more—the markings of a fundamentally authoritarian state.” He added that the communist regime “is ruthlessly employing technology to further its aim.”
Specifically highlighting population control policies and treatment of prisoners and minorities, CECC Co-Chair Chris Smith (R-N.J.) declared, “Even by the Chinese Communist Party’s low standards, this year has been audaciously repressive.”
Along with the report, the CECC announced a joint letter to the FBI on China’s treatment of Chinese, Uyghur, and Tibetan communities in the United States; a joint letter to the International Olympic Committee calling for a move of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics due to China’s treatment of Uyghurs and other violations “which may constitute crimes against humanity”; the introduction of the Xinjiang Uyghur Human Rights Act; and the nomination of a Uyghur scholar for the 2019 Nobel Peace Prize.
By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations
Published: October 12, 2018