Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) is continuing his efforts on Capitol Hill to hold China’s ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) accountable for its actions on the world stage, including its censorship of its own citizens that has contributed to the global pandemic of the CCP virus, commonly known as novel coronavirus.
The senator announced a bill for a “Justice for Victims of COVID-19 Act” on Monday, calling for an investigation into the CCP’s handling of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan.
The legislation would create a Justice for Victims of COVID-19 Task Force at the State Department, with the goal of securing restitution from the Chinese government.
It would allow lawsuits against the CCP by stripping the totalitarian regime’s claim to sovereign immunity. Lawsuits could then be filed against the CCP “for reckless actions,” such as withholding crucial information and silencing whistleblowers.
Several lawsuits have already been launched in U.S. courts suing the Chinese regime for its role in causing the pandemic. Florida-based law firm Berman Law Group has filed two class actions against the regime. The first lawsuit filed in March was on behalf of pandemic victims, and another was filed in April on behalf of health care workers suing the CCP for hoarding personal protective equipment.