(WASHINGTON, D.C., 10/8/19) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the U.S. government’s decision to blacklist 28 Chinese surveillance, artificial intelligence and other technology companies allegedly being used to repress Uyghur and other Muslim minority groups in China.
The Chinese companies will be placed on the U.S. Commerce Department’s Entity List for “entities acting contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the United States” and bars U.S. companies from selling technology to those companies without government approval.
“American companies should not be in the business of providing technical support to Chinese concentration camps,” said CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert S. McCaw. “The next logical step would be for Congress to adopt the Support the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019 and start the immediate imposition of sanctions on China and Chinese officials.”
McCaw added: “President Trump’s support for the religious freedom of Uyghur Muslims in China is sadly undermined by his equal commitment to defending his discriminatory Muslim Ban and disparaging remarks about Islam and Muslims.”
CAIR is also calling for the cancelation of National Basketball Association exhibition games in China and closure of training centers in Xinjiang province following the league silencing Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey after he tweeted his support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong.
More than a million Uyghur Muslims have been detained and imprisoned in Chinese concentration camps for practicing their Islamic faith.
Uyghur Muslim concentration camp detainees report being forced to listen to lectures, learn Mandarin, sing songs praising the Chinese Communist Party, and are coerced into abandoning their faith. Some inmates are forced to eat pork and drink alcohol, both forbidden activities in Islam. Some are tortured. Muslim women detainees have reported being sexually assaulted, raped, forcefully sterilized, and made to have abortions in Chinese detention facilities.
SEE: Chinese Muslims reveal ”˜rape, forced abortions, sterilizations and being forced to rub chili paste into genitals’ at horrific state-run ”˜concentration camps’
The Support the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019 (S. 178/H.R. 649) calls for an end to the arbitrary detention of the Uyghurs, the imposition of sanctions on China and Chinese officials, and economic restrictions on companies operating in Xinjiang – the Chinese province home to Uyghur Muslim and the concentration camps detaining them.
CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misiÃ³n de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensiÃ³n del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
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