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US Congress approves China sanctions over Uighur crackdown

May 28, 2020 | 🚀 Fathership
The Uighur Human Rights Act passed by a 413-1 vote on Wednesday and came hours after Secretary of State Mike Pomp notified Congress that the administration no longer considered Hong Kong autonomous from China.

More: The bill calls for sanctions against those responsible for the repression of Uighurs and other Muslim groups in China's Xinjiang province, where the United Nations estimates that more than a million Muslims have been detained in camps.

The near-unanimous support in Congress - the Senate passed the bill by unanimous consent - puts pressure on Trump to impose human rights sanctions on China.

China denies mistreatment and says the camps provide vocational training.

While China has denied these accounts, it refuses to allow independent inspections.