US BLACKLISTS 28 CHINESE COMPANIES OVER ALLEGATIONS OF HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSES




Selin ATAY-TDO-US President Donald Trump’s administration has announced it has blacklisted 28 Chinese organizations for their alleged involvement in abuses against ethnic Uighurs in China’s Xinjiang province.

The action follows the US leading more than 30 countries condemning what it called China’s “horrific campaign of repression” against the Muslims at an event on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly early last month.

The US Department of Commerce said the action constricts the export of items subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to entities that have been implicated in human rights violations and abuses in China's campaignof repression, mass arbitrary detention, and high-technology surveillanceagainst Uighurs, Kazakhs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

"The US Government and Department of Commerce cannot and will not tolerate the brutal suppression of ethnic minorities within China,” Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said."This action will ensure that our technologies fostered in an environment of individual liberty and free enterprise are not used to repress defenseless minority populations,” he said.

The entity list identifies persons or organizations reasonably believed to be involved, or to pose a significant risk of being or becoming involved, in activities contrary to the national security or foreign policy interests of the US.

The blacklisting comes before the resumption of trade talks between the US and China this week.