From his perches on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee and as chairman of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., called for the U.S. to crack down on China overs its handling of Muslim minorities in that nation. 

Rubio paired up with U.S. Sen. Bob Menendez, D-NJ, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, to unveil the “Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act” which the Florida Republican’s office insisted was “in response to the gross violations of human rights in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, including the mass internment of over one million Uyghurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities, as well as China’s intimidation and threats against U.S. citizens and legal permanent residents (LPRs) on American soil.” 

Rubio unveiled the bill on Wednesday and weighed in on why he had introduced it. 

“The United States must hold accountable officials in the Chinese government and Communist Party responsible for gross violations of human rights and possible crimes against humanity, including the internment in ‘political reeducation’ camps of as many as a million Uyghur and other predominantly Muslim minorities,” Rubio said. “I’m proud to lead this important initiative that elevates the current crisis in Xinjiang, puts forth

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