The US Imposed Sanctions Against Four Citizens And One Organization Of The RPC Under The Magnitsky Act
The United States imposed sanctions on four former and current officials from China, as well as the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region's regional public security administration (XUAR), according to a statement issued on Thursday by the press service of the US Treasury.
The restrictions were imposed due to "serious violations against ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region," the Agency claims. The list includes Chen Quanguo, Secretary of the XUAR Party Committee, Zhu Hailun, former Deputy head of the regional party Committee, Wang Mingshan, head of the XUAR public security Department, and Huo Liujun, former Party Secretary of the Regional Public Security Department.
"The United States is committed to using the full range of its financial capabilities to bring human rights violators in Xinjiang and around the world to justice," US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
In addition to the Treasury Department's sanctions, the State Department has imposed separate visa restrictions on Chinese officials. According to Secretary of state Michael Pompeo, the list included "three high-ranking representatives of the Chinese Communist Party": Chen Quanguo, Zhu Hailun, and Wang Mingshan. According to Washington, they are allegedly involved in violence against minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of China, Pompeo said in a statement.
"I also impose additional visa restrictions on other CPC officials who appear to be responsible for - or involved in - the unfair detention or mistreatment of Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and members of other minorities in Xinjiang," the document says.
According to the Secretary of state, "the CPC violates the human rights of Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and other minorities in Xinjiang, including forced labor, arbitrary mass detentions, and forced population regulation, and attempts to eradicate their culture and Muslim faith." Pompeo believes that other countries should also "condemn the behavior" of China.
"As a result, they and their next of kin will not be able to enter the United States," the head of American diplomacy said in a statement. "These sanctions and visa restrictions complement the measures announced today by the US Treasury Department," he added.
The Treasury and State Department sanctions involve freezing all assets in the United States and visa restrictions, while American citizens are prohibited from maintaining any business ties with those on the list.