The US House of Representatives passed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act on Tuesday. It demands that the White House take a tougher stance opposing the mass detention of ethnic Uighurs in western China. And it calls for additional sanctions on Beijing over the forced detentions of up to 2 million Uighurs, most of whom are Muslim, in “re-education” camps. The bill now goes before the Senate.
In response, China’s government is lashing out at the US. China’s Foreign Ministry says the legislation “wantonly smeared China’s counter-terrorism and de-radicalization efforts.”
Uighur activists disagree. Among them is Ferkat Jawdat. He’s a Uighur American who lives and works as a software engineer in Virginia.
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