(FiveNation.com)- Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley wants to affirm that some of the top officials in the Chinese Communist Party are “personally complicit” in the genocide being carried out against Uyghur Muslims.
This week, Hawley put forth new legislation that would affirm China’s President Xi Jinping and many of his top officials are personally accountable, holding him complicit in “crimes against humanity” that are being perpetrated against the Uyghur people.
The legislation would also put sanctions in place against Xi and other senior members of the CCP, directing Antony Blinken, the secretary of state, and Avril Haines, the director of national intelligence, to produce reports on a regular basis about any CCP officials who may have played a leading role in the crimes.
The sanctions Hawley’s bill has proposed include freezing all assets that Xi has in the United States, as well as that of his top officials. They all would also be barred from entering America.
Commenting on the new bill, Hawley said to Fox News Digital:
“While Joe Biden is distracted, Xi Jinping is rapidly consolidating power within the Chinese Communist Party, power he intends to use to compel the world to turn a blind eye to the crimes of his regime.
“But, we must not look away. We must hold Xi and his lieutenants accountable for their crimes against humanity, and we can start by imposing real costs for their complicity in the atrocities in Xinjiang.”
Hawley introduced the bill just as the 20th National Party Congress of the CCP is about to conclude, which saw Xi be appointed to a third term as its president. According to the text of the bill:
“The 20th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party opened on October 16, 2022, bringing with it further consolidation of power by General Secretary Xi Jinping, who appears determined to tighten control over those individuals deemed to be enemies of the Chinese Communist Party, including Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.”
In August, the United Nations issued a report alleging that the government in China committed “serious human rights violations” by detaining Uyghurs and other ethnic groups comprised mostly of Muslims in the western part of Xinjiang.
That report was produced after interviewing people who were once detained at eight detention facilities in that region of the country. Those who wrote the report say there were “serious” violations of human rights that were committed in the region between 2017 and 2019.
They were all carried out, according to the authors, as part of the policies of the CCP to fight extremism and terrorism. That ended up singling out the Uyghurs and some other communities of Muslims.
Zhang Jun, the U.N. ambassador from China, blasted the report just before it was release. He said that China was “firmly opposed” to the information contained in that report.
The CCP has claimed that the Uyghur “re-education camps” are voluntary and are set up to stop extremism. But, leaked photos and documents showed they are anything but that.