Commonwealth Policy Center

Should we care about the Chinese Uyghurs who are suffering under the communist government? According to a billionaire venture capitalist, the answer is no, especially if it interferes with business. Former Facebook executive Chamath Palihapitiya said in a recent podcast, “Let’s be honest, nobody… cares about what’s happening to the Uyghurs, OK?… The rest of us don’t care. I’m just telling you a very hard truth.” The Uyghurs are a Muslim minority in China. And the communists have essentially put them in concentration camps and are using them in forced labor. In response, the U.S government enacted a law siding with the Uyghurs called the Forced Labor Prevention Act. It stops products from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region from entering our country if forced labor was used in production. Kudos to Congress sent a message that human rights are more important than economic gain.