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Virgin Hyperloop One Commits to Becoming World’s Most Energy-Efficient Mode of Mass Transportation

Virgin Hyperloop One Commits to Becoming World’s Most Energy-Efficient Mode of Mass Transportation

Depending on the climate, the integration of solar technology with a hyperloop system could generate two-thirds of a route’s projected energy needs.

Hyperloop set to be up to ten times more energy-efficient than an airplane, four times more efficient than Amtrak

VHO becomes the first mass transit company to join Ellen MacArthur Foundation Circular Economy 100

NEW YORK, Sept. 27, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Today, Virgin Hyperloop One (VHO), the world’s leading hyperloop company, announced that its groundbreaking hyperloop system is poised to be the most energy-efficient mode of mass transportation in the world. In conjunction with Climate Week NYC, Los Angeles-based Virgin Hyperloop One made its announcement from Rockefeller Plaza® at Rockefeller Center® in New York City, where it is showcasing its XP-1 test vehicle from its Nevada test track. VHO also announced that it is joining the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s CE100 network, which brings together businesses, innovators, cities, governments, and universities committed to accelerating the transition to a circular economy.

“The only way to address this mounting crisis is head-on. We need big ideas like hyperloop to reach zero-emission transport while rapidly connecting people and goods,” said Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group.

“As the world’s population grows, especially our urban populations, global demands for rapid, seamless travel, and more efficient deliveries will continue to rise. We must meet demand in a way that is efficient, clean, and protects the future of our planet,” said Jay Walder, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One. “Hyperloop technology can be that radical solution, setting the bar for the fastest, most energy-efficient, and sustainable form of travel ever created.”

Hyperloop will be able to transport people and goods at nearly 700 miles per hour in depressurized environments via magnetic levitation. It will be able to carry more people than a subway, at airline speeds and with zero direct emissions. By combining an ultra-efficient electric motor, magnetic levitation, and a low-drag environment, the VHO system will be 5 to 10 times more energy-efficient than an airplane and faster than high-speed rail using less energy. VHO’s infrastructure can also support the creation of renewable energy by integrating solar panel technology across the outdoor transport tube system. Depending on the climate, the integration of solar technology could generate two-thirds of a route’s projected energy needs.

VHO is currently working with the Indian government of Maharashtra on a route between Pune and Mumbai. With a combined population of 25 million, the regional city pair sees more than 75 million commuting trips annually, a number which is expected to skyrocket to 130 million by 2026. The implementation of a regional VHO system could reduce local greenhouse gas emissions by up to 150,000 tons (300 million pounds) annually while creating 1.8 million new jobs and $36 billion in economic impact across the region.

In addition to VHO’s commitment to reduce the environmental impact of the transportation industry, Virgin Hyperloop One joins the Ellen MacArthur Foundation’s Circular Economy 100 Network (CE100) as an ‘emerging innovator’. The CE100 brings together businesses, innovators, cities, governments, and universities committed to accelerating the transition to a circular economy. By joining the CE100 network, VHO commits to creating a circular hyperloop framework that is restorative and regenerative by design, establishing methods to reuse decommissioned elements of its system and reducing its carbon output. VHO is the first mass transportation company to join the prestigious network, which includes companies like Google, Apple, and Unilever.

“We are delighted to welcome Virgin Hyperloop One to the CE100, the world’s leading circular economy network. It is this collaboration among our diverse and dynamic network that enables members to realise circular economy innovation opportunities much faster than they could alone, and we are excited that Virgin Hyperloop One is now part of this community,” said Joe Murphy, CE100 lead, Ellen MacArthur Foundation.

“The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has done an excellent job of identifying how we can build a thriving, low-carbon economy, and is bringing together world-leading organisations to deliver it,” said Jay Walder, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One

In the United States, ten states are now exploring hyperloop including Missouri, Texas, Colorado, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington, Indiana, and Oregon – in addition to Nevada which hosts the test site. The United States House of Representatives recently fully funded the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao’s New and Emerging Transportation Technologies (NETT) Council, which was established to research and standardize hyperloop technology.

Today’s event at Rockefeller Plaza introduced New Yorkers to hyperloop technology, showcasing the real-world XP-1 test vehicle and allowing passers-by to envision what the introduction of a hyperloop route could mean for their lives, when cities were connected like metro stops and location is no longer a constraint when choosing where to live or work.

The VHO stop in New York is part of a broader roadshow across the United States, which has already made stops in Dallas-Fort Worth, Kansas City, and Columbus. Following New York, VHO will make stops in Raleigh and Washington D.C. See more information on these stops here.

Media Assets

Download images and routes of Virgin Hyperloop One here.

About the Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation was launched in 2010 with the aim of accelerating the transition to the circular economy. Since its creation, the charity has emerged as a global thought leader, putting the circular economy on the agenda of decision-makers around the world. The charity’s work focuses on seven key areas: insight and analysis; business; institutions, governments, and cities; systemic initiatives; circular design; learning; and communications. For further information please visit www.ellenmacarthurfoundation.org and @circulareconomy.

About Virgin Hyperloop One

Virgin Hyperloop One is the only company in the world that has successfully tested its hyperloop technology at scale, launching the first new mode of mass transportation in over 100 years. The company successfully operated a full-scale hyperloop vehicle using electric propulsion and electromagnetic levitation under near-vacuum conditions, realizing a fundamentally new form of transportation that is faster, safer, cheaper, and more sustainable than existing modes. The company is now working with governments, partners, and investors around the world to make hyperloop a reality in years, not decades. They currently have projects underway in Missouri, Texas, Colorado, the Midwest, India, and the UAE. Learn more about Virgin Hyperloop One’s technology, vision, and ongoing projects here.

Media Contacts

Virgin Hyperloop One
Madeline Kaye
Berlin Rosen

Ellen MacArthur Foundation
Maha Daouk

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Philips showcases commitment to improving respiratory care at ERS 2019

September 27, 2019

Broad portfolio of integrated sleep and respiratory solutions connect data, technology and people across the care continuum

Amsterdam, the Netherlands and Madrid, Spain Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, will showcase its commitment to improving care for hundreds of millions of patients worldwide living with chronic sleep and respiratory conditions in its 17th appearance at the European Respiratory Society (ERS) International Congress, taking place September 28 – October 2, 2019, in Madrid, Spain.

“The rise of chronic conditions and the simple fact that the global population is aging, present challenges across global healthcare ecosystems already facing resource constraints amidst a shifting technology landscape,” said Eli Diacopoulos, Business Leader of Respiratory Care at Philips. “At Philips, we’re committed to meeting those challenges by equipping providers, clinicians and patients with the tools and information needed to provide the best care experience possible. To do that, it’s essential to continue to develop integrated technologies that make it easier to share, analyze and use data, to help clinicians make better informed decisions, reduce costs and readmissions and ultimately improve patient care.”

At ERS, Philips will spotlight its broad portfolio of connected solutions and services designed to address the needs of patients with chronic sleep and respiratory conditions and help health systems achieve the Quadruple Aim of value-based healthcare: an improved experience for patients and staff, improved patient outcomes, better health outcomes and a lower cost of care.  Featured solutions include innovative non-invasive ventilation (NIV) device therapies, nebulizers, portable oxygen concentrators, obstructive sleep apnea therapy solutions – including new options for positional sleep apnea patients – and new consumer sleep technologies.

Philips will also showcase its robust connected care platform, which helps to enable providers and physicians to more effectively manage patient care in a single platform, while providing patients with more active engagement with their own health and therapy. Each solution and service showcased at ERS has been developed based on nearly 40 years of clinical expertise and a customer-first mindset.

In addition to showcasing its growing portfolio of sleep and respiratory solutions, Philips will also present multiple clinical abstracts on topics ranging from cost of care to Expiratory Flow Limitation. Philips will also lead three industry practical workshops during the show:

  • Sunday, September 29, 1:15 pm, Room N101+102
    • “Expiratory Flow Limitation,” chaired by Dr. David White, chief scientific officer, Sleep and Respiratory Care for Philips
  • Monday, September 30, 1:15 pm, Room N101+102
    • “Central Sleep Apnea Management and Use of Artificial Intelligence in Sleep Stage Scoring,” chaired by Dr. David White, chief scientific officer, Sleep and Respiratory Care for Philips, and Prof. Michael Arzt University Hospital, Regensburg, Germany
  • Tuesday, October 1, 1:15 pm Room N101+102
    • “New Principles in the Continuum of COPD Management,” chaired by Dr. Teofilo Lee-Chiong, chief medical liaison, Sleep and Respiratory Care for Philips, and Dr. Nicholas Hart professor and clinical director of Lane Fox Respiratory Service, St Thomas’ Hospital in London

To experience Philips’ portfolio of sleep and respiratory products, visit booth #S08 at ERS 2019. For updates on Philips’ presence at the show or more information on Philips’ advanced solutions for sleep and respiratory care, follow @PhilipsResp or visit Philips.com/At-ERS-Congress.

For further information, please contact:

Kathy O’Reilly
Philips Global Press Office
Tel: +1 978-221-8919
E-mail: kathy.oreilly@philips.com

Twitter: @kathyoreilly

Meredith Amoroso
Philips Sleep and Respiratory Care
Mobile: +1 724-584-8991
E-mail: meredith.amoroso@philips.com

About Royal Philips
Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2018 sales of EUR 18.1 billion and employs approximately 78,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at www.philips.com/newscenter.



Thursday, September 26, 2019, 5:45 pm



AKWEL, an automotive and heavy goods vehicle components manufacturer and specialist in fluid management and mechanisms, has announced its HY1 2019 results.

Consolidated data – In €millions 06.30.2019 06.30.2018 Change in %
Sales 566.5 559.3 +1.3 %
Gross operating surplus 66.6 74.6 -10.7 %
Current operating income 46.9 57.5 -18.5 %
Current operating margin 8.3 % 10.3 % -2.0 pts
Operating income 46.7 57.5 -18.9 %
Financial income (1.1) (1.1) n.s.
Net income (group share) 35.5 45.7 -22.4 %
Net margin 6.3 % 8.2 % -1.9 pts

In HY1 2019, AKWEL recorded sales of €566.5 million, up 1.3% and 3.4% on a like-for-like basis. The continued growth should be compared with a 7% decline in global automotive production over the period, i.e. an outperformance of more than 10%.

Some facilities not sufficiently adapted to the business downturn recorded lower profitability. In the first half year, the Group also maintained significant investments. Lastly, continued pressure regarding raw materials and exchange rate effects led to an increase in some purchase prices over the period.

One of the company’s major highlights over the past half-year was that it hit its positive free cash flow target, which stands at €26.1 million vs.-€3.3 million in HY1 2018.

The AKWEL group’s net financial debt decreased significantly from €40.6 million to €27.5 million in HY1. Shareholders’ equity amounted to €478.5 million at 06.30.2019, vs. €454.0 million at 12.31.2018.

AKWEL now intends to focus more on boosting its profitability. Efforts over the next six months shall focus specifically on improving industrial performance and the agility of facilities to keep resources more efficiently in line with business volume.

Against this backdrop, the Group anticipates higher operating income than in the previous year given the favorable base effect related to an additional €23 million in non-recurring provisions recorded in 2018. AKWEL also confirms its target of achieving approximately €1.2 billion in sales by 2020.

An independent family-owned group listed on Euronext Paris, AKWEL is an automotive and heavy goods vehicle components manufacturer and specialist in fluid management and mechanisms with cutting-edge industrial and technological expertise in the application and transformation of materials (plastic, rubber, and metal) as well as mechatronics integration.

Present in 20 countries on five continents, AKWEL has a headcount of nearly 12,000 employees worldwide.

Euronext Paris – ISIN: FR0000053027 – Reuters: AKW.PA – Bloomberg: AKW:FP


Cambodia Charges Two More Opposition Members With ‘Plotting a Coup’

Authorities have charged two more members of the banned opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) with attempting to stage a coup after they expressed support for party chief Sam Rainsy’s return to Cambodia from self-imposed in November.

Srean Sreang, a CNRP activist in Kampong Cham province, and Mao Vibol, the head of the CNRP in Svay Rieng province who fled to Thailand following the party’s dissolution, were charged with planning to overthrow the government under Article 453 of Cambodia’s Penal Code for organizing a welcome for Sam Rainsy, prosecutors from their home provinces said in a statement on Thursday.

The two men were also charged with incitement to commit offenses, prosecutors said, adding that they might be pardoned if they come forward and confess their crimes in a timely manner.

The statement came on the same day that local media reported the issuance of an arrest warrant on Sept. 16 for Sao Usaphea, a CNRP activist in the seat of Preah Sihanouk province.

According to the reports, Sao Usaphea faces the same charges as Srean Sreang and Mao Vibol and had also expressed support for Sam Rainsy’s return. She is currently in hiding.

Seven other CNRP activists from Kampong Cham are also in hiding as of Friday after they received summonses to appear before the provincial court regarding their appeal for the government to restore human rights and democracy.

On Thursday, the Phnom Penh Municipal Court charged eight senior officials from the CNRP, including acting president Sam Rainsy, as well as his wife, Tioulong Saumura, with attempting to stage a coup in connection with the party chief’s plan to return to the country, saying they faced a punishment of between five and 20 years in prison.

The court also charged the nine with intention to commit armed rebellion as part of Sam Rainsy’s stated intention to lead a restoration of democracy through peaceful protests in Cambodia when he returns on Nov. 9, to coincide with the 66th anniversary of the country’s independence from France.

Also among those named in the charges were CNRP deputy presidents Mu Sochua and Eng Chhai Eang, and former lawmakers Ho Vann, Ou Chanrith, Men Sothavarin, Long Ry, and Tok Vanchan.

According to media reports, posters bearing photos of the same senior CNRP officials have been hung at crossings between the Thai-Malaysian border and the Thai-Cambodia frontier, with instructions to arrest them on sight, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said last week that it had issued arrest warrants for Sam Rainsy to all 10 members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

Sam Rainsy has been living in self-imposed exile since late 2015 to avoid what he says are politically motivated convictions and arrest warrants, and Prime Minister Hun Sen has vowed to arrest him as soon as he sets foot inside Cambodia.

In his absence, authorities arrested CNRP President Kem Sokha on charges of treason in September 2017 and the Supreme Court banned the opposition party two months later for its role in the alleged plot to topple the government.

The moves against the political opposition, along with a wider crackdown by Hun Sen on NGOs and the independent media, paved the way for his ruling Cambodian People’s Party (CPP) to win all 125 seats in parliament in the country’s July 2018 general election. Hun Sen has been in power since 1985.

Authorities have stepped up harassment of CNRP activists and supporters since the party announced Sam Rainsy’s plan in August, calling on supporters and members of Cambodia’s armed forces to join him.

Police have made multiple arrests in recent weeks, bringing to at least 29 the number of CNRP activists detained since the beginning of the year and at least 158 the number subjected to interrogation over the same period, and prompting calls from Western governments and rights groups for an end to the mistreatment.

APHR statement

In response to the charges brought against the senior CNRP officials and reports that posters calling for their arrest have been hung at border crossings, the ASEAN Parliamentarians for Human Rights (APHR) issued a statement urging Prime Minister Hun Sen to allow them to return to Cambodia, calling the accusations against them ludicrous and baseless.

Hun Sen is doing everything possible to try and stop Sam Rainsy and other exiled CNRP members from returning in November�no matter the damage it does to the country, said Charles Santiago, Malaysian MP and APHR Board Chair.

Cambodia’s state institutions have been torn to shreds and left in tatters by the increasingly volatile actions of an authoritarian leader on the ropes.

Santiago called Cambodia’s courts co-opted and demanded that they overturn the decisions to ban the CNRP and arrest its members, which he said were clearly politically motivated.

The CNRP leaders, including APHR board member Mu Sochua, have every right to return to their country and live freely, he added.

ASEAN member states and the international community must let Hun Sen know in no uncertain terms that we are watching very closely, Santiago said, urging the government to immediately drop all charges against opposition members, reinstate their civil and political rights and stop harassing opposition politicians.

Hun Sen should not stand in the way of the peaceful return of opposition members to the country and allow for genuine democracy, or Cambodia’s reputation will only continue to plummet in the eyes of the international community.

Findings dismissed

Also on Friday, the government-controlled Cambodian Human Rights Committee issued a statement saying it had reviewed an annual report by Rhona Smith, the United Nations’ Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Cambodia, which was presented to the U.N. Human Rights Council on Wednesday, and regretted that the CNRP, NGOs, and the media had worked to exaggerate her concerns as part of a malicious attack on Hun Sen’s regime.

Speaking to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva as part of her presentation on Wednesday, Smith expressed concerns over the state of civil and political rights in Cambodia, including the ban on the CNRP, urging the government to reverse course and ensure a fully inclusive society based on democratic principles and human rights.

She called on Hun Sen to reset the approach to rights and freedoms in Cambodia and ensure that all rights and freedoms voluntarily accepted by the government are enjoyed by everyone in the country and release CNRP President Kem Sokha, who was arrested two months prior to the 2017 ban on his party, from de facto house arrest, where he has been held awaiting trial on charges of treason.

On Friday, the Cambodian Human Rights Committee said it welcomed Smith’s recommendations, except for those which are, in nature, political and inapplicable because they are contrary to [Cambodian law], including the dissolution of the opposition and legal action against a small number of leaders and activists of the former CNRP as they have committed offences.

The committee demanded that all U.N. institutions and mechanisms avoid interfering in the internal affairs of sovereign states and be a good example to the member states.

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EU-UN Spotlight Initiative: at the forefront of ending violence against women and girls

On the margins of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the European Union and the United Nations hosted a high level event on the EU-UN Spotlight Initiative inviting all countries, leaders, civil society representatives and local ambassadors to join the movement and take action to end violence against women and girls.

Ahead of the event, High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini said: “Violence against women is violence against the entire society so the entire society must react to end it. The European Union is already by far the first investor in gender equality around the world, and together with our partners, we will continue to fight for women’s human rights.”

Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development Neven Mimica added: Over the last two years Spotlight has become a genuine movement. Thanks to the many survivors, activists, advocates, government and community leaders who have joined the initiative we are pushing ahead to end gender-based violence in all its forms. And to make sure that every woman and every girl, everywhere, is safe and free to realise her full potential.

Deputy Secretary-General, Amina Mohammed said: The Spotlight Initiative in partnership with national governments will also be introducing new country programmes for Afghanistan, Belize, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Kyrgyzstan, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tajikistan, Timor-Leste and Vanuatu in 2020. With our expanded global footprint, we can scale-up our collective efforts on violence prevention, protection and the provision of high-quality services, alongside broader efforts to ensure women’s economic empowerment and participation in all aspects of society.

Two years after its launch, the Spotlight Initiative’s activities are spanning the entire globe thanks to the EU’s and UN’s engagement, and the support of partner governments and civil society at all levels. 13 countries have already started implementing Spotlight programmes, and around 2/3 of the European Union’s initial seed funding of Euros 500 million have already been allocated.

In Africa, Spotlight aims to eliminate sexual and gender-based violence, including harmful practices. The programme worth Euros 250 million is under implementation across Liberia, Malawi, Mali Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Uganda and Zimbabwe. It will also include a regional component to scale up existing initiatives on fighting female genital mutilation and child marriage and joint activities with the Africa Union.

In Asia, the Spotlight Initiative is focussing on ending female trafficking and labour exploitation. The “Safe and Fair” programme, worth Euros 25 million and implemented through the International Labour Organization and UN Women, aims at ensuring that labour migration is safe and fair for all women in the ASEAN region. It focusses on countries of origin Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Philippines, Vietnam and countries of destination Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand.

Further, Euros 32 million are devoted to projects addressing gender-based violence in “forgotten crises”. The initiative is now rolling out and includes activities in Yemen, Iraq and Palestine, Bangladesh, Cameroon, Sudan, Mali and Chad; Ghana, Liberia and Mali.

In Latin America, the Euros 50 million initiative focuses on ending femicide, with targeted programmes in Argentina, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Mexico, and on empowering regional networks.

The Pacific regional Spotlight programme was launched last March with a budget of Euros 50 million and focuses on ending domestic violence in the region.

This will be followed by actions to tackle family violence in the Caribbean region, supported by an envelope of Euros 50 million; the countries selected are Haiti, Jamaica, Grenada, Belize, Guyana, and Trinidad and Tobago.

Source: UN Women

US Urges Action on China’s Uyghur Camps From Muslim World

The United States wrapped up efforts at the United Nations this week to draw attention to the plight of Uyghurs detained in Chinese internment camps, calling on Muslim-majority states such as Pakistan to raise the issue with China.

While Secretary of State Mike Pompeo promoted diplomatic efforts in New York to support the million or more interned Uyghurs and the broader cause of religious freedom, In Washington, lawmakers called on Pompeo to take concrete steps, including sanctions, to hold Beijing accountable for the repression in Xinjiang.

Pompeo said a U.S.-organized event cohosted by Canada and several European countries on the situation in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York drew more than 30 countries.

We need many more nations, especially Muslim-majority nations, to speak out publicly against one of the worst human rights violations of the 21st century, he told reporters on Friday.

During the New York gathering, U.S. Deputy Secretary of State John J. Sullivan said that the U.N. had failed to hold China to account over its policies in the region, where authorities are believed to have held up to 1.5 million Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities accused of harboring strong religious views and politically incorrect ideas since April 2017.

In a separate gathering on the U.N. sidelines, a senior U.S. diplomat asked why Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan was outspoken about championing the Muslims of Kashmir but silent on China’s detention of Uyghurs and other Turkic-speaking Muslims.

“I would like to see the same level of concern expressed also about Muslims who are being detained in Western China, literally in concentration-like conditions, said Alice Wells, US Acting Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asia, in a report by the Agence France-Press (AFP) news agency.

Being concerned about the human rights of Muslims does extend more broadly than Kashmir, and you’ve seen the administration very involved here during the UN General Assembly and trying to shine a light on the horrific conditions that continue to exist for Muslims throughout China,” she said.

Khan, asked about the Uyghurs at a think tank event on Monday, declined comment, saying that Pakistan had a “special relationship” with China and would only raise issues in private, AFP reported.

China has tried to counter damning reports about the Uyghur camps, first by denying they existed and then by describing the facilities as boarding schools that provide vocational training for Uyghurs, discourage radicalization, and help protect the country from terrorism.

Global Magnitsky Act for Chen Quanguo?

China organized two visits in 2019 to the XUAR�one for a small group of foreign journalists, and another for diplomats from non-Western countries, including Russia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, and Thailand.

Sullivan told the UN gathering his week that these trips and the China-friendly accounts they produced were Potemkin tours in a failed attempt to prove that the camps were humane training centers.

In recent weeks, a Jordanian journalist and an Albanian scholar told RFA’s Uyghur Service that their own trips to Xinjiang proved to them that reports by the international media about Beijing’s repressive policies targeting ethnic Uyghurs are accurate and the situation is grim. They said they were initially skeptical about reports about the internment camps.

Meanwhile, in Washington Senators Jim Inhofe and Jack Reed, the top Republican and Democrat on the Senate Armed Services Committee, sent a letter to Pompeo urging the Trump administration to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for religious persecution and human rights violations in China.

President Xi Jinping’s ‘Sinicization’ campaign, which began in 2016, requires religious and ethnic minorities in the country to adhere to the Chinese Communist Party’s thoughts, culture and practices. This policy, coupled with tighter regulations and the government’s effort to exert greater control, has manifested in increased oppression and systematic discrimination of these minorities, the senators wrote.

Perhaps most egregious is the government’s massive internment of individuals from the XUAR. Reports estimate that at least one million people, primarily Uyghur Muslims, are currently being detained, indoctrinated, and manipulated in internment camps, many without knowledge of any impending release, they added.

Inhofe and Reed called on Pompeo to continue to explore options to halt Beijing’s growing suppression of religious minorities and hold the Chinese government accountable for its actions.

The senators’ letter supported steps to punish XUAR Communist Party chief Chen Quanguo and other officials responsible for the repression of Uyghurs using the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. The act is based on a measure created to address human rights abuses by the Putin regime in Russia.

The U.S. Senate earlier this month unanimously passed the first legislation by any nation in response to human rights abuses against ethnic Uyghurs in the XUAR, which would authorize regular monitoring of the situation by various government bodies.

The bipartisan Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, introduced by Senators Marco Rubio of Florida and Bob Menendez of New Jersey, would appoint a special State Department coordinator on the XUAR and require regular reports on the region’s internment camps, surveillance network and security threats posed by an ongoing crackdown on the Uyghur people�if ratified by the House of Representatives.

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