Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- The 27 member states of the European Union (EU) have agreed to sanction China's human rights violations against Uighurs in East Turkistan for the first time since 1989.
Two EU diplomats told Reuters that ambassadors from 27 member states had agreed to freeze the assets of 4 Chinese officials and impose visa bans for human rights violations.
After the decision is approved at the ministerial level, the names of those sentenced will be made public, the sources said.
Chinese officials sanctioned have been accused of violating the rights of the Uighur Muslim minority, diplomats said in a statement.
"Sanctions are a source of confrontation. We don't want conflict, we want dialogue. We ask the EU to think twice. If some insist on conflict, we will not back down because we have no choice but to honor our responsibilities to the people," China's EU delegation said on Twitter in response to the decision.