China has delivered more retaliatory sanctions over Xinjiang, pointing individuals and entities in the United Kingdom it calls “maliciously spread lies and disinformation” regarding Beijing’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims.
In a a statement, on Friday mentioned that the UK had “imposed unilateral sanctions on relevant Chinese individuals and entity, citing the so-called human rights issues in Xinjiang.“
“This move, based on nothing but lies and disinformation, flagrantly breaches international law and basic norms governing international relations, grossly interferes in China’s internal affairs, and severely undermines China-UK relations.”
Those sanctioned individuals include five members of Parliament — Tom Tugendhat, Iain Duncan Smith, Neil O’Brien, Tim Loughton and Nusrat Ghani — and two members of the House of Lords, David Alton and Helena Kennedy, also academic Joanne Smith Finley and barrister Geoffrey Nice.
Four entities that have been named by Beijing include, the China Research Group, Conservative Party Human Rights Commission, Uyghur Tribunal, and Essex Court Chambers, a prominent London law firm.
“China is firmly determined to safeguard its national sovereignty, security and development interests, and warns the UK side not go further down the wrong path,” the Chinese foreign ministry statement pointed. “Otherwise, China will resolutely make further reactions.”
British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, in its reply, has said, “it speaks volumes that, while the UK joins the international community in sanctioning those responsible for human rights abuses, the Chinese government sanctions its critics.”
“If Beijing want to credibly rebut claims of human rights abuses in Xinjiang, it should allow the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights full access to verify the truth,” he mentioned in a statement.
The individuals concerned as well as their immediate family members are forbidden from entering mainland China, Hong Kong and Macao. The sanction also freezes their property in China, and Chinese citizens and institutions will be forbidden from doing business with them, as per the foreign ministry statement.
The UK’s ambassador to China has also been called by Beijing, to lodge what is pronounced as “solemn representations, expressing firm opposition and strong condemnation.”
Iain Duncan Smith, an MP and former leader of the Conservative Party has reacted to the news on Twitter, saying the sanctions against him were a “badge of honour.”
“It’s our duty to call out the Chinese (government’s) human rights abuse in Hong Kong (and) the genocide of the Uyghurs,” Duncan Smith remarked. “Those of us who live free lives under the rule of law must speak for those who have no voice.”
Simultaneously, the British academic, Smith Finley, mentioned that she had been sanctioned “for speaking the truth” about Xinjiang “and for having a conscience.”
“I have no regrets for speaking out, and I will not be silenced,” she wrote on Twitter.
The measures came into effect after the UK, in synchronization with the European Union, Canada and the United States, declared new sanctions Monday over Xinjiang, directing those responsible for the crackdown there.
“These actions demonstrate our ongoing commitment to working multilaterally to advance respect for human rights and shining a light on those in the (Chinese) government and (Communist Party) responsible for these atrocities,” US Secretary of State Antony Blinken mentioned after the move.
China gave an immediate response posing penalties, declaring sanctions against 10 EU politicians and four entities — a violent move that has put Beijing’s relationship with Brussels into uncertainty.
On Monday, Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying mentioned, “for a long period, the US and the West wantonly interfered in other countries domestic affairs by using democracy and human rights as an excuse