- US imposes new sanctions against China for human rights violations of Uighur Muslims
- The US Treasury Department is also preparing to impose fines against many Chinese institutions.
- China closely monitoring Uighurs, also collected everyone’s DNA
The US on Thursday announced new sanctions against China over human rights abuses of Uighur Muslims. The Biden administration said it was imposing new sanctions on several Chinese biotech and surveillance companies for human rights abuses in Xinjiang province. The Commerce Department is targeting China’s Academy of Military Medical Sciences and its 11 research institutes that focus on biotechnology to help the Chinese military.
America will impose fines on many Chinese entities
A senior administration official, who did not wish to be named, said the Treasury Department is also preparing to impose fines against several Chinese entities. Referring to the Commerce Department’s action, the official said that US intelligence has learned that Beijing has Has set up high-tech monitoring system throughout Xinjiang province.
China has DNA and facial recognition of all Uighurs
China has created facial recognition (recognition through face) of all residents of this province using this system. It has also collected DNA samples of all the residents of the province in the age group of 12 to 65 years. The US sees this as an attempt to suppress the Uighur Muslims of the province. However, China has denied any allegations of harassment and says that these are necessary steps to deal with terrorism and separatist movements.
China has imprisoned one million Uighurs
UN experts and human rights groups estimate that some one million Uyghur Muslims have been imprisoned in recent years in detention camps in China’s western Xinjiang region. It consists mainly of Turkic-speaking Uighurs and other minority Muslims. China initially denied the existence of these detention camps but later said they were commercial centers and were designed to combat extremism.