State Department cites “human rights abuses” against Uighurs, Tibet, Hong Kong and religious minorities
According to the State Department, Monday’s announcement by the US stated that visa restrictions will be imposed on Chinese officials as a punishment for Beijing’s alleged persecution, intimidation, and harassment of dissidents and human rights activists in China. Antony Blinken, Secretary of State, cited several examples. “genocide”Uighurs, Tibet and Hong Kong repression
China “attempting to intimidate, harass, and repress dissidents and human rights defenders inside and outside,” Blinken saidYou can also add that “perpetrators of human rights abuses must continue to face consequences.”
The USA “rejects efforts by [People’s Republic of China] officials to harass, intimidate, surveil and abduct members of ethnic and religious minority groups, including those who seek safety abroad, and US citizens, who speak out on behalf of these vulnerable populations,”Blinken made the statement in a State Department release Monday afternoon.
These officials are the target of US sanctions “who are believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, policies or actions”These activists, communities and civil societies are targeted “in China and beyond,”The State Department added, “We are committed to defending human rights around the world.”
As an example of China’s “transnational repression,”The US claimed that Beijing tried to silence Uighur activists. “serving the American people”They refused to allow their families to travel to China.
Washington encouraged Beijing to “end its ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang, repressive policies in Tibet, crackdown on fundamental freedoms in Kong Kong,”Other violations elsewhere.
The announcement comes after Friday’s call between US President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, in which Washington threatened China with “consequences” unless it disavowed Russia and joined the US-led embargo against Moscow.
China was a sovereign country that is opposed to unilateral sanctions. Beijing responded by saying it would defend its interests accordingly. Xi said to Biden, “China stands for peace, against war, and supports a diplomatic settlement of the Ukraine conflict.”
“All sides need to jointly support Russia and Ukraine in having dialogue and negotiation that will produce results and lead to peace,”According to the Chinese interpretation of the telephone conversation,