EU to impose human rights sanctions on Chinese officials


March 15, 2021

The European Union is expected to impose sanctions against China over human-rights abuses for the first time since the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, according to media reports. Senior EU officials agreed to use their new human-rights sanctions regime to punish Chinese authorities, after lengthy negotiations this week once again highlighted divisions within the bloc over how to approach Beijing.

Germany expects the European Union to agree to human rights sanctions against China, Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in Berlin on Monday. According to diplomats, the EU is set to sanction four Chinese officials and one entity – with travel bans and asset freezes – on March 22 over human rights abuses in China’s Uyghur Muslim minority.

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