Congressional study urges sanctions on China over 'crimes against humanity'

Human rights abuses in China are the focus of a U.S. congressional study.

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The report released on Wednesday called for sanctions  over human rights abuses, and that officials should keep those abuses in mind even during trade negotiations, according to Reuters.

The  Congressional-Executive Commission on China said human rights conditions worsened from August 2018 to August 2019.

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The report highlighted abuses such as China's crackdown on religious minorities, labor activists and the press.

A particular focus was on the treatment of the minority Muslim Uighur population in Xinjiang.

The Commission is led by Democratic Representative Jim McGovern and Republican Senator Marco Rubio.

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The two lawmakers said at a press conference that a new version of a bill would require President Trump's administration to toughen its response to China's crackdown on its Muslim minorities.

China didn't react well last year when the Democratic-led House of Representatives passed the bill.

The Senate passed its own, less stringent bill earlier in the year, amid trade talks between Washington and China.

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The study presented as a way to address the abuses, the idea of tightening access to U.S. capital markets for Chinese companies that provide support or technical capabilities for repression.