May 19, 2020

Surveillance-tech restrictions stripped from Uyghur bill could end up in NDAA

Featuring Martijn Rasser

Source: National Journal

Journalist Brendan Bordelon

The Senate’s passage of the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act was the culmination of a months-long effort to hold Beijing accountable for a sweeping crackdown against its minority Muslim community in the western Chinese province of Xinjiang.

But when the bill finally sailed through the Senate on unanimous consent on Thursday, it did so stripped of the one section that reportedly angered Chinese officials the most.

Ahead of the bill’s passage by the House in a 407-1 vote last December, lawmakers inserted a provision imposing strict export controls on U.S. technology that provides Beijing with a “critical capacity” to surveil Uyghurs through facial and voice recognition, monitor and suppress their internet usage, and track their movements.

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Authors

  • Martijn Rasser

    Senior Fellow, Technology and National Security Program

    Martijn Rasser is a Senior Fellow in the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS). Prior to joining CNAS, Mr. Rasser served as...