The US Department Of Commerce Blacklisted 11 Chinese Companies For Harassing Uighurs
The US Department of Commerce has announced that 11 companies from China have been blacklisted for their alleged involvement in human rights violations in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in Northwest China. The corresponding statement was issued on Monday by the press service of the Department.
"Beijing is actively using forced labor practices and abusive DNA collection and analysis schemes to repress its citizens," said Wilbur Ross, the head of the US Department of Commerce, in a statement; this measure (adding 11 Chinese enterprises to the blacklist) guarantees that our products and technologies will not be used by the Chinese Communist Party in its aggressive actions against Muslim minorities."
In October last year and in June 2020, the Agency added 37 organizations to the blacklist, allegedly linked to violations of the rights of minorities living in China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Located in the North-West of China, XUAR is inhabited by one of the country's most numerous national minorities, the Uighurs, most of whom profess Islam. According to the Chinese authorities, separatist groups linked to the international terrorist Islamist underground are operating in Xinjiang.
In August 2018, representatives of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for human rights stated that they had received "objective data" that up to 1 million Uighurs could be "unlawfully held" in the SUAR correctional camps. As a result, the UN High Commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet, suggested sending observers to the region, expressing concern about the situation there.
The Chinese authorities have repeatedly denied information about the creation of a large-scale network of penitentiary institutions in Xinjiang. At the same time, at the end of 2018, they reported that "education and training centers" function in the region. According to Chinese officials, it contains "people who have been influenced by the ideas of terrorism and extremism," who are taught Chinese language, basic writing, communication skills, and the basics of Chinese law. The exact number of people held in these centers is not given by the authorities.