LaMalfa: U.S. Remains Focused on Defending Religious Freedom for Uyghurs in China

May 27, 2020
Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman Doug LaMalfa (R-Richvale) issued the following statement after voting in favor of S. 3744, the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act. Uyghurs are ethnic Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang that are currently being detained by China in “re-education camps” that provide “de-extremization” programming. This legislation would condemn gross human rights violations of Uyghurs in Xinjiang and call for an end to the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) detention, torture, and harassment of religious minorities.

LaMalfa said: “The CCP’s abuse of the Uyghurs due to their religious beliefs highlights China’s corrupt moral principles. The Uyghurs, like every other religious group, deserve the freedom to practice their religion without persecution. Beijing is wrong to think the United States’ priorities have shifted away from supporting those seeking freedom from abusive regimes. Congress’s actions today send a clear message to China and the world that we will not stand for systematic, strong-handed policies that threaten religious liberty or any other human right. I look forward to the President signing this important legislation into law and holding the CCP accountable for their continued horrific actions.”