Trump signs bill calling for sanctions over China treatment of Uighur Muslims

# 04:55
18 June 2020

U.S. President Donald Trump signed legislation on Wednesday calling for sanctions against those responsible for repression of Uighur Muslims in China’s Xinjiang province, the White House said in a statement, APA reports quoting Reuters. 

The bill, which passed the U.S. Congress nearly unanimously, was intended to send China a strong message on human rights by mandating sanctions against those responsible for oppression of members of China’s Muslim minority. 

The United Nations estimates that more than a million Muslims have been detained in camps in Xinjiang. 

Trump issued a “signing statement” saying that some of the bill’s sanctions requirements might limit his constitutional authority as president to conduct diplomacy so he would regard them as advisory, not mandatory.