Antony Blinken condemns Chinese counter-sanctions as ‘unfounded’
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The US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, warned on Saturday that China’s sanctions against two Americans who condemned Beijing’s treatment of Uyghurs are “unfounded”. In his view, this only puts the “genocide” in Xinjiang further in the spotlight.
China has announced sanctions against two members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, a Canadian citizen, and a human rights organization. The country did so in response to sanctions imposed by both North American countries this week because of Beijing’s treatment of the Uyghur minority.
“Beijing’s efforts to intimidate and silence those who advocate human rights and fundamental freedoms only contribute to the growing international criticism of the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang,” Blinken said in a statement.
According to human rights organizations, at least one million Uighurs and people from other, mainly Islamic, populations are being held in camps in the Xinjiang region of China. The organizations accuse the authorities of using violence to sterilize women and impose forced labor.
In the European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada, and the United States has sanctions on high-ranking political and economic figures in Xinjiang. Beijing then came up with sanctions against individuals from the EU and the UK.
“We stand in solidarity with Canada, the UK, the EU and other partners and allies around the world and call on China to end human rights violations and violations of predominantly Islamic Uyghurs and members of other ethnic and religious minority groups in Xinjiang. And to release those who are being held arbitrarily, ” Blinken said.