A Chinese paramilitary organization was sanctioned by the Trump administration over its alleged role in human rights abuses against Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang region of the country
The U.S. government's punitive measures target the influential Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps and two officials for what Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called “their connection to serious human rights abuses in Xinjiang.”
The officials are accused of implementing a surveillance, detention and indoctrination program in the region, targeting Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities.
Earlier this month, the administration sanctioned three officials linked to human rights abuses.
The announcement comes a day after Pompeo told Senate lawmakers that the “tide is turning” against China as the U.S. leads an international pushback against Chinese dominance abroad and human rights abuses at home, particularly in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.