The First Of (Hopefully) Many Steps To Respond To Human Rights Violations In Xinjiang


Olivia EnosContributor
I write about international human rights and national security.
Oct 8, 2019, 04:25pm

The U.S. government’s response to the atrocities taking place in Xinjiang is finally turning from rhetoric into action. On Monday, the Commerce Department placed 28 Chinese companies, including eight tech companies, on the Entity List, limiting their ability to do business with American companies. Just today, the U.S. government also announced travel restrictions on members of the Chinese government, members of the Chinese Communist Party, and their families for the role they play in violating human rights in Xinjiang.

Nury Turkel, a Uighur-American attorney and Board Chair for the Uyghur Human Rights Project reacted to the move saying:

The Trump administration should be commended for sanctioning businesses and entities that have aided and abetted the Chinese government in furtherance of policies that amount to cultural genocide. These entities and others implicated should be held to account for facilitating the Chinese government’s ghastly human rights abuses against the Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims.