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U.S. Sanctions Chinese Officials Over Suppression of Minorities

The US has imposed sanctions and visa restrictions on 3 Chinese officials, for alleged huma rights violations against Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs and other minority groups in the Xinjiang province.

China has been accused of mass detentions persecutions and forced sterilizations of Uyghurs and other minorities in the resource rich Xinjiang province. It is believed that the authorities in the province have detained around a million people in re-education camps for “vocational training” to counter radicalism and separatism in Xinjiang.

The US Secretary of State has named the 3 officials, Chen Quanguo, who is the secretary of the Communist Party of the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, Zhu Hailun party secretary of the Xinjiang political and legal committee and Wang Minshan, party secretary of the Xinjiang public security bureau. Chen is the highest official to ever be hit by US sanctions and is allegedly the architect of China’s policies against their minorities. Chen was previously in charge of Tibet.

As a result of USA’s move, the people named in the list and their immediate family members are illegible for entry in America. It is also illegal in USA to conduct financial transactions with any of these people. Their US based assets have been frozen as well.

Mike Pompeo has said, "The United States is taking action today against the horrific and systematic abuses in Xinjiang and calls on all nations who share our concerns about the CCP's attacks on human rights and fundamental freedoms to join us in condemning this behavior. The United States will not stand idly by as the CCP carries out human rights abuses targeting Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and members of other minority groups in Xinjiang, to include forced labour, arbitrary mass detention, and forced population control, and attempts to erase their culture and Muslim faith."

The Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has said that the US is fully committed to using the full breadth of its financial powers to hold violators of human rights accountable in Xinjiang and anywhere else in the world.

Reporter: Jovan H

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