China announced, Saturday (27/03/2021), the imposition of sanctions against three people and one entity from the United States and Canada, in response to those imposed by the two countries recently because of the treatment that Beijing provides to the Uyghur minority.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry said that the chairperson of the US Committee for International Religious Freedom, Gail Manchen, and his deputy, Tony Perkins, are now banned from entering China, Hong Kong and Macau.
Canadian Member of Parliament Michael Chung and the Canadian Parliament Subcommittee on International Human Rights were also sanctioned.
At least one million Muslims are detained in camps in Xinjiang
At least one million Uyghurs and people belonging to other Islamic groups are being held in camps in Xinjiang (northwest), according to human rights groups, which accuse the Chinese government of imposing forced labor on them and sterilizing women.
The European Union, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States this week imposed sanctions on different members of the political and economic hierarchy in Xinjiang to apply pressure, prompting diplomatic retaliation from Beijing, in the form of sanctions against individuals from the European Union and the United Kingdom.
Sanctions-bound Western officials will not be able to do business with any Chinese citizen or company.
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