WASHINGTON, July 9 (KUNA) -- The US has imposed sanctions on three senior officials of the Communist Party of China (CPC) for "human rights violations" in Xinjiang, where the Muslim Uighur minority is concentrated, said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Thursday.
In a statement, Pompeo said that the sanctions were imposed on the three officials for "being involved in grave human rights violations," noting that the three officials and their immediate family members will not be allowed to enter the US.
Pompeo stressed that his country also imposed visa restrictions on other party officials, "who are believed to be responsible or complicit in the arrest or unfair abuse of Uighurs, Kazakhs and other minorities in Xinjiang.
"The US will not stand idly by as the CCP carries out human rights abuses targeting Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and members of other minority groups in Xinjiang, to include forced labor, arbitrary mass detention, and forced population control, and attempts to erase their culture and Muslim faith," said Pompeo. (end)