China’s Foreign Ministry on Friday announced sanctions against multiple British organizations and officials for spreading “lies and disinformation” about the situation in Xinjiang province. Earlier this week, China already imposed sanctions on ten Europeans, including D66 politician Sjoerd Sjoerdsma.
According to Chinese state media, the sanctions are in response to the United Kingdom’s involvement in domestic affairs, which would have “seriously endangered” relations between the countries. Earlier this week, the United Kingdom announced sanctions against China for human rights violations.
In a statement, the Chinese ministry writes that four organizations and nine people will be banned from China. These include the human rights committee of the British Conservative Party.
The persons concerned and their family members are no longer allowed to enter Chinese territory. Also, Chinese citizens and institutions are no longer allowed to do business with them. All their assets in the country are frozen.
Various governments have labeled the situation as genocide
The Xinjiang region is home to the Uyghurs, a largely Muslim group that is widely persecuted. They are locked up in camps, tortured and sterilized and are forced to perform forced labor, say human rights activists and experts from the United Nations, among others.
Some European governments, Canada and the United States have labeled Beijing’s actions in Xinjiang as genocide.
D66’er Sjoerdsma, together with his colleague Joël Voordewind of the ChristenUnie, filed a motion last month stating that China is guilty of genocide. A majority of the House of Representatives supported the motion.
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