US sanctions Chinese officials over Uighur Muslim detention

Ahmed Farooq, International Law Officer

On July 9, the United States government sanctioned multiple high-ranking Chinese officials for their complicity in human rights abuses against the Uighur Muslim community in China’s Xinjiang region.

Those penalized include both the current and the former party secretary of the Xinjiang region, the director of the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau, as well as the former party secretary of the Bureau.

The sanctions, issued under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, allow the US government to target human rights violators universally by freezing any US assets that they may have, ban their travel to the US and rescind their capacity to conduct business with Americans.

The targeted Chinese officials are alleged to have played a significant role in the detainment and surveillance of approximately a million Uighur Muslims.

Read the New York Times article here: https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/09/world/asia/trump-china-sanctions-uighurs.html