Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is calling for sanctions against Chinese officials who engage in human rights atrocities.
Cruz introduced the Sanctioning and Highlighting Authoritarian Medicine and Eugenics Act, or the SHAME Act, which calls for the State Department to compile a list of officials within the communist-controlled government who engage in coercive population control measures, such as forced abortions, involuntary sterilization, and other practices, in the Xinjiang region.
“We know the CCP has as little regard for the living as they do for the unborn. Not only is the authoritarian regime forcing over one million Uyghurs into concentration camps, the Chinese Communist Party is also engaged in ethnic cleansing – forcing abortion and sterilization of Uyghur women,” Cruz said in a statement. “These are egregious human rights atrocities that cannot be tolerated. The SHAME Act imposes targeted sanctions on the Chinese officials for these atrocities and ensures the public knows who they are.”
Cruz, along with a handful of other Republicans critical of the Chinese Communist Party, was sanctioned earlier in 2020 by the Chinese government. The country said it was in response to previous sanctions it believed “seriously damaged China-U.S. relations.”
According to a State Department report issued in 2019, the Chinese government “detained more than one million Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Hui, and members of other Muslim groups, as well as some Uighur Christians.” The report outlined a variety of human rights abuses, including forced labor and mandatory sterilization.
The report cited an article from the Independent,which also found that “inmates were subjected to torture and medical experiments, and forced to eat pork. She said women in the camp were systematically raped by guards and that other women were forced to watch.”
“In August The Independent reported Uighur Muslim women were being sterilized in internment camps, according to former detainees. ‘They injected us from time to time,’ said Gulbahar Jalilova, a Uighur living in exile, who was held for more than a year in an internment camp. Jalilova said as of result of the injections women stopped menstruating,” the report continued.