BEIJING/OTTAWA—The United States on Saturday condemned Beijing’s sanctions towards two American religious-rights officers and a Canadian lawmaker in a dispute over Beijing’s remedy of majority Muslim Uyghurs and different minorities.
China’s strikes “only contribute to the growing international scrutiny of the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang. We stand in solidarity with Canada, the UK, the EU, and other partners and allies around the world in calling on the (China) to end the human rights violations and abuses,” U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken mentioned in a statement.
He condemned the sanctions.
We condemn the People’s Republic of China’s sanctions on two members of the unbiased and bipartisan @USCIRF. Beijing’s try and silence criticism of great human rights abuse in Xinjiang solely contributes to rising worldwide scrutiny.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) March 28, 2021
The U.S. State Department had said earlier this week,” Amid rising worldwide condemnation, the PRC continues to commit genocide and crimes towards humanity in Xinjiang.”
Beijing’s sanctions adopted these imposed by the United States, European Union, Britain, and Canada earlier this week for what they are saying are violations of the rights of Uyghur Muslims and different ethnic or non secular minorities within the western Chinese area of Xinjiang.
Activists and U.N. rights consultants say not less than one million Uyghurs have been detained in camps in Xinjiang. Witnesses and their pals and households say the Chinese communist regime topics Uyghurs and different dissidents to torture, pressured labour, and sterilisations.
Beijing has repeatedly denied all accusations of abuse and says its camps supply “vocational training” and are wanted to “fight extremism.”
Blinken’s assertion got here after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounced Beijing and vowed to defend human rights.
China sanctioned Canadian opposition lawmaker Michael Chong, vice-chair of parliament’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development and its Subcommittee on International Human Rights, which this month introduced a report concluding that atrocities in Xinjiang represent crimes towards humanity and genocide.
Beijing additionally mentioned it would take measures towards the chair and vice-chair of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, Gayle Manchin and Tony Perkins. Manchin is the spouse of Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.V.) and Perkins can also be president of the conservative Christian advocacy group, the Family Research Council.
The people underneath Beijing’s sanctions are banned from touring to China, Hong Kong, and Macau, and Chinese residents and establishments are prohibited from doing enterprise with them or having any exchanges with the subcommittee.
“The Chinese government is firmly determined to safeguard its national sovereignty, security and development interests, and urges the relevant parties to clearly understand the situation and redress their mistakes,” the Chinese overseas ministry mentioned.
“They must stop political manipulation on Xinjiang-related issues, stop interfering in China’s internal affairs in any form and refrain from going farther down the wrong path. Otherwise they will get their fingers burnt.”
China’s earlier sanctions on U.S. people who it says have severely undermined China’s sovereignty and pursuits on Xinjiang-related points stay in impact.
Chong, who’s a member of the opposition Conservative Party in Canada, mentioned he would “wear (the sanctions) as a badge of honour.”
“This demonstrates that parliamentarians are being effective in drawing attention to the genocide of the Uighur people that is taking place in western China,” Chong mentioned in a phone interview.
Chong urged the Trudeau authorities to “officially recognize the Uyghur genocide,” and mentioned the sanctions would haven’t any sensible impact as a result of he had no plans to journey to China.
The Epoch Times contributed to this report.