BEIJING / OTTAWA (Reuters) – The United States on Saturday condemned China’s sanctions against two U.S. religious freedom organization officials and a Canadian lawmaker over a dispute over Beijing’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims and other minorities.
China’s actions only serve to draw attention to the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang. We stand in solidarity with Canada, the United Kingdom, the European Union and other allies and allies around the world. .
Beijing’s sanctions were imposed earlier this week by the United States, the European Union, Britain and Canada on human rights abuses in Xinjiang.
Human rights activists and UN experts estimate that at least one million Uyghurs are being held in camps in Xinjiang, western China, where they are being subjected to forced labor. Beijing has denied allegations of torture and contraception.
The Chinese government denies any abuse and claims that these are vocational training and are essential to the fight against terrorism.
Anthony Blingen’s statement came after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned Beijing and promised to stand up for human rights.
(Ryan Woo and Steve Schreier; French version by Camille Renat)