Shanghai – China announced, Saturday, the imposition of sanctions against three individuals from the United States, Canada and an institution affiliated with the Canadian House of Representatives, in response to those imposed by these two countries a few days ago on Chinese officials due to the situation of the Uyghurs in the northwestern region of Xinjiang.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry banned Gael Mansin and Tony Perkins, chair and vice chair of the United States Committee for International Religious Freedom, Conservative Canadian Representative Michael Chung, the Human Rights Subcommittee of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, Canada’s House of Commons.
It is also forbidden for Chinese citizens and institutions to conduct “business or exchange” with the aforementioned committee.
On the 22nd, the United States and Canada joined the European Union’s sanctions against four senior Chinese officials and one entity, deeming them complicit in “serious violations” against the human rights of Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in. That area.
However, China considers that these “unilateral” sanctions are based on “rumors and misinformation.”
Beijing asserts that it “protects its national sovereignty” and calls on countries that have had diplomatic disputes with it in the name of Xinjiang “to clearly understand the situation and correct their mistakes.”
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“They should stop political manipulation in Xinjiang affairs, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs in any way, and refrain from proceeding down the wrong path. If they do not, they will end up burning their hands,” the statement said.
The sanctions were announced the day after they were imposed on nine citizens – seven politicians, an academic and a lawyer – and four entities from the United Kingdom.
Beijing responded to the European Union’s responses on the same day 22 with sanctions imposed on ten people, including members of the European Parliament and investigators.
Zhang Zhan received four years in prison.
In recent years, complaints have arisen about the status of some minorities in Xinjiang from members of the Uyghur ethnic group living abroad, as well as other ethnic groups from the Muhammadan religious minorities.
In addition, satellite images showing the construction and expansion of guarded facilities were released and documents were leaked that would indicate a swift policy aimed at ending Islamic extremism in the region, the scene of internal migration campaigns by the Chinese ethnic majority, they have, during the past decades.
Some foreign analysts believe that the aforementioned facilities will be detention centers. Beijing initially denied their existence, while later defending that they are vocational training centers working to eliminate Islamic extremism in the region.
Beijing categorically denies human rights violations have occurred in Xinjiang, a region where the international press faces complications beyond what is customary in China when it comes to reporting.