On Oct 8, 2019, the U.S. Department of State announced that it is imposing visa restrictions on Chinese officials over repression of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in East Turkistan (AKA Xinjiang). This follows a move from the U.S government to blacklist 28 Chinese companies and entities linked to surveillance of the Uighurs and mass human rights violations in East Turkistan.
“The Chinese government has instituted a highly repressive campaign against Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, and other members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang) that includes mass detentions in internment camps; pervasive, high-tech surveillance; draconian controls on expressions of cultural and religious identities; and coercion of individuals to return from abroad to an often perilous fate in China.” said the U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. He also said in a tweet today, “Today, I am announcing visa restrictions on Chinese government and Communist Party officials believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, the detention or abuse of Uighurs, Kazakhs, or other Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang.”
He called on the Chinese government to immediately end its campaign of repression in Xinjiang (East Turkistan), release all those arbitrarily detained, and cease efforts to coerce members of Chinese Muslim minority groups residing abroad to return to China to face an uncertain fate.
“The United States will continue to review its authorities to respond to these abuses”, stated the announcement.
See the announcement below: