US Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned on Saturday that China’s sanctions against two Americans who have condemned Beijing’s treatment of Uyghurs are “unfounded”. In his view, this only puts the “genocide” in Xinjiang further in the spotlight.
China announced sanctions against two members of the US Commission for International Religious Freedom, a Canadian and a human rights organization, in response to sanctions imposed by both North American countries this week for Beijing’s treatment of the Uyghur minority.
Beijing’s attempts to intimidate and silence those who speak out for human rights and fundamental freedoms only add to growing international criticism of the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang, Blinken said in a statement. statement.
Uyghurs detained in camps in Xinjiang
Human rights groups say at least one million Uighurs and people from other, mostly Muslim groups, are being held in camps in China’s Xinjiang region. They accuse the authorities of forcibly sterilizing women and using forced labor.
The European Union, Britain, Canada and the United States have imposed sanctions on top political and economic figures in Xinjiang. Beijing then came up with sanctions against individuals from the EU and Great Britain.
“We stand in solidarity with Canada, the UK, the EU and other partners and allies around the world and call on China to end human rights and violations committed against predominantly Muslim Uyghurs and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang. And to release those arbitrarily detained, “Blinken said.
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