As the Chinese Communist Party prepares to celebrate its 100th anniversary, a bipartisan group of members of the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced a resolution condemning a century of human rights abuses by the Chinese Communist Party and expressing hope for the day when it no longer exists.
Rep. Mike Gallagher, a Wisconsin Republican, joined a bipartisan group of lawmakers Friday (June 25) to introduce a resolution condemning the Communist Party of China for 100 years of gross human rights abuses and standing with the Chinese people in their struggle for freedom.
The Washington Examiner has revealed some details of the draft resolution. The draft resolution “condemns a century of gross human rights violations by the Chinese Communist Party, including oppression, torture, mass incarceration, and genocide; supports the inherent right of the Chinese people to self-determination and free political expression, independent of one-party rule; calls on the U.S. government and like-minded allies and partners to support human rights in the People’s Republic of China, including through the use of technology to support and promote freedom of expression and information through the use of technology; and look forward to the day when the Chinese Communist Party ceases to exist.”
The resolution was co-sponsored by House Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Republican Member Michael McCaul (R-Texas), head of the Republican China Task Force, House Republican Conference Chairman Elise Stefanik (D-Mich.) and Republican Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (D-Mich.). and Democratic Representatives Ruben Gallego, Josh Gottheimer and Jared Golden.
The resolution cites what the lawmakers call a series of historical misdeeds by the Chinese Communist Party, including the “massive land reform movement” in the 1940s in which 2 to 3 million people were killed by the Communist Party, the annexation of Xinjiang by the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) in 1949 with the help of the Soviet Union, the PLA’s annexation of Tibet in 1951 and forcing the Dalai Lama to flee in 1959, and the annexation of Tibet in 1951 and 1952 with the help of the Soviet Union. The resolution also mentions the “Three Anti’s and Five Anti’s Campaigns” launched in 1951 and 1952 against “capitalists” and loyalists of the overthrown Republic of China, which led to the execution or suicide of thousands of people.
The resolution also refers to Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” in the late 1950s and early 1960s, noting that the campaign “led to one of the worst man-made disasters in history, with Mao’s collectivization of agriculture leading to a catastrophic famine in which as many as 20 to 40 million citizens starved to death. “. The resolution also cites the ten-year “Cultural Revolution” launched by Mao in 1966 and lasting until 1976, noting that during the Cultural Revolution, “arbitrary arrests, torture and executions of millions of citizens were carried out, with human figures estimated at between 10 and 35 million. The resolution also refers to the “one-child policy” that prohibited millions of families from having more children from 1979 to 2015.
The bipartisan resolution also refers to the suppression and massacre of the pro-democracy protest movement in Tiananmen Square by the PLA on June 4, 1989.
The resolution goes on to cite abuses in the wake of the June 4 crackdown, including the suppression of Falun Gong, the suppression and persecution of Christians, and the overseas “fox hunting” operations.
The resolution also cites the CCP’s recent crackdown in Hong Kong and serious human rights abuses against Uighurs and other minorities in Xinjiang. The resolution affirms that the United States believes China is committing crimes against humanity and genocide against the Uighur people.
The resolution also highlights the sentencing of Zhang Zhan, a lawyer-trained citizen journalist, to four years in prison for independently reporting on the Wuhan Xinguan epidemic that did not fit the official propaganda narrative.
Rep. Gallagher said on his Twitter account, “The atrocities we are seeing today in Xinjiang, Hong Kong and Tibet are not a new development. Brutality against its own people has been firmly embedded in the core DNA of the CCP from the very beginning, and in order to see where the party is headed, we must first look at its past.”
That’s why, he said, he joined with a bipartisan group of lawmakers to introduce the resolution, which cites dozens of atrocities committed by the Communist Party and “looks forward to the day when the Communist Party will no longer exist. As the Communist Party celebrates, we must stand with its victims.
On July 23, 1921, delegates from the Soviet-led Communist International and 13 Chinese delegates secretly convened the First National Congress of the CCP in the French Concession in Shanghai; the delegates later moved to a closing meeting on a cruise ship on South Lake in Jiaxing on August 3 to elect the leadership. The CCP later designated July 1 as the “Party Birthday.