Western countries are imposing sanctions on Chinese officials. Mainly, the ones reported taking place on the minority group of Uighurs. The Chinese government did detain the Muslims of the Uighur group in the north-west of Xinjiang. Many are criticising the government over torture, sexual abuse and forced labour allegations that did emerge during the detentions.
Through a joint effort by the European Union, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom did support the sanctions on China. Especially, the Chinese government did unwelcome this criticism. Also, the government did deny the allegations and did impose sanctions on the European officials. In addition, they did claim that the camps are re-education institutions to counter-terrorism.
Dominic Raab, the United Kingdom’s First Secretary of State and Foreign Secretary added that the Uighur’s treatment amounts to violations of basic human rights. So, it does need immediate attention.
History Repeats Itself
Historically, the European Union did impose sanctions on China in 1989. Mostly, on the human rights violations connected to the Tiananmen Square crackdown. After Chinese troops did open live bullets on the protestors fighting for democratic change.
Moreover, the sanctions include freezing assets belonging to senior governmental officials, travel bans. And other strict actions on the Xinjiang individuals accused of violating Uighur Muslims. Xinjiang officials subjected to sanctions are Chen Mingguo, the Director of Xinjian Public Security Bureau, Wang Mingshan, local police and a member of Communist Party committee. Also, the EU said that they are responsible for overseeing the detention of Uighurs.
Meanwhile, top government officials did target entails party secretary for the Xinjiang Production and Construction Wang Junzheng, Zhu Hailun. The ones who do deputise communist party in Xinjiang. In addition, the United States of America, Secretary of State Antony Blinken did term it genocide against humanity. Saying it was arbitrary detention amounting to severe physical abuse.
Further, Canada also did impose similar sanctions on Chinese top officials. Adding that mounting evidence points to systematic state-led human violations. It did come amid the need for scrutiny on the unlawful treatment of Uighurs.
Reports shows more than millions of Uighurs victims are estimated to have been detained and rights violated in detention camps in the region of Xinjiang.
Women and young girls suffered most after sterilizations and forced separation from their matrimonial homes, where they were exposed to rape, torture and other abuses.