China announced today, Monday, the imposition of sanctions on 10 Europeans, including parliamentarians and four entities, in response to the European Union’s approval of sanctions against Beijing, which is accused of suppressing the Uyghur minority. The European Union “is based only on lies, misinformation, cynicism and distorted facts,” adding that it is “blatant interference” in the country’s internal affairs.
The European Union imposed sanctions today on one entity and four Chinese officials accused of involvement in abuses against Uyghur Muslims, in a series of measures targeting alleged human rights violators around the world.
The four are prominent officials in Xinjiang, northwest China, and their names will be announced later.
The sanctions include a freeze on their assets in the European Union and a travel ban on them. European citizens and companies are not allowed to provide them with financial aid.
It is mentioned that it is the first European sanctions against Beijing since an arms embargo in 1989 after the suppression of the Tiananmen Square protests.
China denied it in 1989. Initially, there were detention camps for Uyghurs in Xinjiang, but it has since described them as “centers for providing job training and re-education” for those exposed to extremist thinking. Officials deny all accusations of human rights violations there.
Last month, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, of Xinjiang said that “in light of reports of arbitrary detention, abuse, sexual violence, and forced labor,” Therefore, there is a need for a comprehensive and independent assessment of the situation in this region. ”