U.S. Lawmaker Seeks Ban for Chinese Human Rights Offenders

      June 24, 2011 13:29

      A U.S. congressman is seeking legislation that would ban senior Chinese officials and their families from entering the U.S. if they have been involved in repatriating North Korean defectors to the North.

      Rep. Chris Smith, the chairman of the human rights subcommittee of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, introduced a "China Democracy Promotion Act " early this month.

      Co-sponsored by reps. Frank Wolf, Dana Rohrabacher, and Dan Burton, the bill would ban entry of senior Chinese officials or other individuals involved in human rights violations. It specifically targets those who have "participated in the trafficking of North Korean refugees or the forcible return to North Korea of such refugees, knowing that such refugees will be persecuted upon their return."

      It would also bar anyone who gains through their senior position in the Chinese government, significant financial benefit from policies or actions like human rights abuses or corruption, that impede the transition to democracy in China; participated in the imposition of China's coercive birth control policy; took part in the violent repression or any other form of persecution of Tibetans, Uyghurs, Mongolians, or other ethnic minorities; and is a member of any branch of the security or law enforcement services of China who participated in any form of violent repression, imprisonment, and torture of leaders of religious groups, human rights and democratic advocates, workers and independent journalists.

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