/ 23 March 2021

Moves to sanction China over Uyghur persecution

The European Union, UK, US and Canada have announced sanctions against Chinese officials over the violation of the rights of the Muslim minority group. The senior Chinese officials face travel bans and asset freezes – and China quickly hit back with sanctions of its own, claiming “lies and disinformation”. Reports say more than a million Uyghurs have been held in camps in the northwestern Xinjiang province, where they are tortured, forced to work in factories and sexually abused. The Chinese Government denies claims that human rights abuses are being perpetrated, saying the camps are “re-education” facilities. UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the Uyghurs face “one of the worst human rights crises of our time” and the international community “cannot simply look the other way”.

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