Uighurs: Washington sanctions Chinese entities for human rights violations

The United States has announced trade sanctions against nine Chinese entities as a protest against the fate of the Uighur community.

The US Department of Commerce announced on Friday that it had taken trade sanctions against nine Chinese entities, believing that they were complicit in violations of the human rights of the Uighur community in China.

A Chinese Ministry of Security science institute and eight companies have been blacklisted from Washington. Concretely, the Trump administration imposes on them “restrictions on access to American technology,” the Commerce Department said in a statement.

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He recalled that the United States had already placed last October 28 Chinese government and commercial organizations on this list, accusing it of being involved in the authorities’ repression campaign targeting in particular the Uighur Muslim minority.

Renewed diplomatic tensions

“These nine entities are complicit in human rights violations and abuses committed during the campaign of repression, arbitrary mass detention, forced labor and high-tech surveillance against Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs and others members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, “the statement said on Friday.

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Washington, like many human rights organizations, accuses China of detaining more than a million members of this Muslim minority in “re-education camps” in this region of the northwest of the country.


Beijing denies this figure and talks about vocational training centers, designed to help people find jobs and thus keep them away from the temptation of Islamism and terrorism. These sanctions come in a context of recovery of diplomatic tensions between Beijing and Washington around the new coronavirus pandemic.