US Congress has overwhelmingly approved a bill aimed at pressuring China over a brutal mass crackdown on Muslims in the far west of the country.
The House of Representatives voted 407-1 to approve the Uighur Human Rights Policy Act, which has already passed the Senate.
The legislation condemns the detention of more than 1 million Uighurs, Kazakhs and other minorities in so-called reeducation camps, where they are subjected to political indoctrination, torture, beatings, and food deprivation, as well as denial of religious and linguistic freedom.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., one of the backers of the legislation said “Chinese government and Communist Party is working to systematically wipe out the ethnic and cultural identities of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang.”
The legislation follows a similar measure over human rights abuses in Hong Kong that angered the Chinese government.