Pelosi Statement on Trump Admission of Selling Out Uyghur Human Rights

June 22, 2020
Press Release

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement on President Trump’s admission that he has delayed imposing Treasury sanctions against Chinese officials involved in Uyghur mass detention camps in order to facilitate a trade deal with China:

“Congress on a bipartisan basis has long spoken with one voice in defense of those persecuted by Beijing and will continue to do so.  If America does not speak out for human rights in China because of commercial issues, we lose all moral authority to speak out for human rights any place in the world.

“President Trump’s admission that he is looking the other way and enabling one of the worst human rights atrocities of our time in order to ink a trade deal is appalling.

“Across the Xinjiang region, Beijing is subjecting the Uyghur people and other Muslim minorities to a campaign of brutal repression, from the mass incarceration of more than one million innocent people to a pervasive state of mass surveillance and predictive policing to countless incidents of torture, forced sterilizations and extrajudicial killings.

“Since Day One of his Administration, President Trump has had the tools to hold Chinese officials accountable for these human rights abuses and others including in Hong Kong by deploying sanctions under the 2016 Global Magnitsky Act, yet has refused to do so.  The President’s signing last week of the bipartisan Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, which provides for further sanctions and accountability measures, rings extraordinarily hollow in light of his clearly stated lack of interest in standing up to Beijing.”