Breaking: U.S. sanctions Xinjiang officials

A man in a position used
to torture minority
people in camps.
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(Washington, D.C.—July 9, 2020) The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) sanctioned Chinese officials over human rights abuses in Xinjiang today.

Among the sanctioned are Xinjiang’s Party Secretary, Chen Quanguo, and his Deputy Secretary, Zhu Hailun. The Xinjiang Public Security Bureau and Wang Mingshan, its director, have also been sanctioned, as has Huo Liujun, the bureau’s former Party Secretary.

All have been accused of involvement in the persecution of ethnic minority people in Xinjiang. Over the past three years, these groups have been profiled for both their race and their Muslim beliefs and mass imprisoned in “re-education camps.” While there, they are routinely tortured, starved, and force-fed propaganda.

Some of them have been forced to work long hours with little to no pay. Evidence discovered by an Australian institute has suggested at least 83 name brand companies source their products from factories that might be involved in this forced work.

A recent AP investigation also indicated women from these groups have been subjected to mandatory pregnancy checks. Some of those found to be pregnant have been subjected to involuntary abortions. Other women have been sterilized against their will.

Because of this, many experts are now saying China has been committing a genocide against these minority people. In an NPR interview, researcher Adrian Zenz said, “ … we do need to probably call it a genocide … quite simply because the evidence now, for the first time, very specifically meets one of the five criteria set forth by the United Nations Convention for the Punishment and prevention of the crime of genocide from 1948, which specifically (mentions) the suppression of birth (as a criterion for genocide).”

Weeks ago, President Trump signed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020. This permitted the U.S. to sanction China for its abuses against minority people.

The Treasury said its decision to sanction was according to President Trump’s Executive Order 13818 under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act. 

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