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H.R. 649: Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019

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To condemn gross human rights violations of ethnic Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, and calling for an end to arbitrary detention, torture, and harassment of these communities inside and outside China.

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Christopher “Chris” Smith

Sponsor. Representative for New Jersey's 4th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 17, 2019
Length: 21 pages
Jan 17, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on Jan 17, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on January 17, 2019. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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<span class='\"kicker\"'>Smith leads debate on bill aimed at Chinese Gov't abuse of Muslims</span>Debate on the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Sponsor) on Dec 3, 2019

House Foreign Affairs Committee Passes Sherman’s Bill to Counter Chinese Repression of its Uighur Minorities
    — Rep. Brad Sherman [D-CA30] (Co-sponsor) on Oct 30, 2019

Smith Leads Bipartisan Letter Nominating Uyghur Intellectual Ilham Tohti for the Nobel Peace Prize
    — Rep. Christopher “Chris” Smith [R-NJ4] (Sponsor) on Jan 30, 2019

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Jan 17, 2019

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