US President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law an act that authorizes sanctions against Chinese officials over the mass incarceration of Uighur Muslims.
Trump was widely expected to sign the Uighur Human Rights Act, which passed Congress almost unanimously amid wide outrage over China’s treatment of the minority.
“The Act holds accountable perpetrators of human rights violations and abuses like the systematic use of indoctrination camps, forced labor and intrusive surveillance to eradicate the ethnic identity and non secular beliefs of Uyghurs and other minorities in China,” Trump said during a statement.
The legislation requires the US administration to work out which Chinese officials are liable for the “arbitrary detention, torture and harassment” of Uighurs and other minorities. us would then freeze any assets the officials hold within the world’s largest economy and ban their entry into the country.
Trump, while signing the act, objected to a technical aspect of the legislation on his powers as president to terminate sanctions on individuals.