D022 Respecting the Human Rights of Religious and Ethnic Minorities in China

Resolved, the House of Deputies concurring,

That this 80th General Convention of the Episcopal Church recognize with grave concern growing authoritarianism, attacks on democratic systems, and human rights abuses linked to ethnic and religious nationalism in many countries and regions around the world, and urge vigilance by Christians and all people of faith, civil society organizations, and governments in resisting this troubling trend; and be it further

Resolved, that the Episcopal Church take note of a pattern of repression and surveillance by the Government of the People’s Republic of China against many different minority ethnic and religious groups, recognizing especially, with deep alarm, the recent campaign to control and constrain Uyghur, Kazakh, Kyrgyz, and other Turkic Muslim people in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China and around the world, which has been characterized by global human rights organizations as a crime against humanity due to the mass scale of surveillance, arbitrary arrest and detention, forced labor, cultural and religious suppression and erasure, and family separation in Xinjiang as well as surveillance of members of these ethnic communities living abroad from China, including in the United States; and be it further

Resolved, that the Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations and Episcopal Public Policy Network support policies to pressure the Chinese government to respect the human rights of these and other minority peoples in China and to protect members of the diasporic communities of Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic groups from intimidation by Chinese embassies and agents and stop their repatriation to China; and be it further

Resolved, that the Committee on Corporate Social Responsibility of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church take this resolution into account in the implementation of its corporate human rights screen for the Church’s investment portfolio, with attention to the use of forced labor in the supply chain of companies in which the church is invested, in Xinjiang and elsewhere in the world.