US imposes visa restrictions against members of Chinese government

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) — The United States imposes visa restrictions on members of the Chinese government and the Communist Party, who, according to Washington, were involved in violations of the rights of Uyghurs and other national minorities, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.

“Visa restrictions (are imposed) for officials of the Chinese government and the Communist Party who are believed to be responsible for the detention or ill-treatment of Uyghurs, Kazakhs, or other members of Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang, China. These may also apply to family members these restrictions,” the statement said.

The document notes that the US Department of Commerce previously announced the introduction of export restrictions on American products exported to 28 organizations in Xinjiang involved in the repression.

“The United States is calling on the People’s Republic of China to immediately end the Xinjiang repression campaign, release all baseless detainees, and stop trying to force members of Chinese Muslim minorities living abroad to return to China, where they have an uncertain fate,” said Pompeo in a statement.

The United States regularly criticizes China for violating human rights and religion in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

At the end of August 2018, experts from the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination in a published report said that up to a million ethnic Uighurs could be in “re-education camps” in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.

Commenting on this situation, the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that the information on the content of the Uyghurs in the “re-education camps” is not confirmed by anything and is not true.

The Chinese authorities say that a system of “vocational education institutions” has been established in the area, with the main emphasis on teaching the common language, the provisions of the law and professional skills.

According to the Chinese side, these centers are working to strengthen “resistance to terrorism and extremism,” as well as de-extremization.

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