--- July 9, 2020 ---
Vietnam Coalition Against Torture (VN-CAT) welcomes the today's decision by the US Department of the Treasury on the implementation of sanctions pursuant to the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act (GloMag) against four Chinese government officials and the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau determined to be responsible for the gross human rights violations against Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).
The four senior officials on the sanctioned list include:
1) Chen Quanguo, the Communist Party Secretary of XUAR;
2) Zhu Hailun, former Deputy Party Secretary of the XUAR;
3) Wang Mingshan, Director and Communist Party Secretary of the XPSB;
4) Huo Liujun, former Party Secretary of the XPSB.
Also designated today is the Xinjiang Public Security Bureau (XPSB).
In September 2018, VN-CAT joined more than 30 international human rights organizations to send a letter to Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo and Secretary of the Department of the Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, calling for the implementation of sanctions against Chinese officials and state agencies involved in cruel human rights violations in Tibet and Xinjiang regions.
According to the Press Release today by the US Department of Treasure, "This action is being taken pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13818, “Blocking the Property of Persons Involved in Serious Human Rights Abuse or Corruption,” which builds upon and implements the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act."
This round of sanctions is a timely and appropriate response to the growing human rights violations by the Chinese government, especially report by the Jamestown Foundation found evidence indicating that the Chinese government aims to reduce Uyghur fertility through a combination of forced sterilization, forced abortions, and coercive family planning. These inhumane policies are very likely meet the definition of genocide as outlined in the Genocide Convention. In addition, religious and ethnic persecutions, mass detention of Uyghur Muslims in concentration camps, enforced disappearances are rampant in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. The Chinese government is committing crimes amount to genocide, therefore, should be punished severely.
International human rights organizations have persistently called on the governments of Canada, Australia and the European Union to consider enacting legislations aiming to impose sanctions against violators of gross human rights abuses.
In our mission to advocate against all acts of torture, inhumane or degrading treatment, VN-CAT will continue to join our partners in the campaign to promote the implementation of the UN Convention Against Torture (CAT). Today's announcement by the U.S. Department of the Treasury on the sanctions against Chinese government officials is a much welcomed progress. We hope that in the near future, the US government will consider implementing similar sanctions against some of the Vietnamese government officials and entities that we and other human rights organizations have documented and recommended to the U.S. State Department for sanctions.
Press Releease by the U.S. Department of the Treasury: https://home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm1055