U.S. condemns Chinese sanctions against members of religious freedom commission

Secretary Blinken stressed that Beijing’s attempts to silence the voices of human rights advocates only increase attention to the crimes of Chinese authorities in Xinjiang

The U.S. condemns “baseless” sanctions against two members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, apparently in response to U.S. sanctions against Chinese officials linked to serious human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a statement issued Saturday.

“Beijing’s attempts to intimidate and silence advocates for human rights and fundamental freedoms only increases international attention to the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang,” Blinken said in the statement.

“We stand in solidarity with Canada, Britain, the EU, and other partners and allies around the world, and call on the PRC to end human rights violations and abuses against Uighurs, predominantly Muslims, and other ethnic and religious minorities in Xinjiang, and to release those arbitrarily detained,” the document said.

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