Washington: US lawmakers have warned China that America will not tolerate any human rights violations in the country.
"Those in the Chinese government who commit or sanction abuses should be forewarned that their actions will not be tolerated by the United States," Congressman Elton Gallegly, said during a Congressional hearing on Thursday.
A resolution in this regard has also been introduced in the House of Representatives by Congressman Chris Smith.
"It informs human rights abusers in China that the United States does not stand by as atrocities are committed. It lets them know they are not welcome in the United States. Hence, I urge my colleagues to support the bill," Gallegly said.
Congressman Lamar Smith said human rights abuses, including arbitrary detention, torture and severe restrictions on freedom of expression and association, are rampant in China.
"Violations specific to women and abuses related to the national family planning policy are also rampant. As to the family planning policy, the Chinese government requires couples to practice family planning. The cornerstone of this policy is the offensive one-child-per-couple policy.”
"To enforce this law, local authorities use the carrot of subsidised medical care, education and housing," he said.
"But they also employ a harsh stick – punishments including fines, confiscation of property, salary cuts and even dismissal from work. Some of the most disturbing methods used to enforce the family planning laws have included the forced use of contraceptives and forced abortions for pregnant women who already have one child," the lawmaker said.
"By denying visas to certain Chinese nationals in the government who promote human rights abuses, we might as well assist Chinese patriots who work to end the lack of accountability for government officials who are part of the Chinese Communist Party."