EU envoy agrees to impose first sanctions on China


The European Union (EU) on Wednesday agreed to blacklist Chinese officials for human rights abuses, the first of its kind against Beijing since the 1989 EU arms embargo following a crackdown in Tiananmen sqare.

EU ambassadors approve travel bans and asset freezes on four individuals and a Chinese entity, but do not disclose their names until EU foreign ministers formally approve them on March 22. As part of a list of sanctions related to new human rights issues.

“Tighter measures against serious human rights abuses have been adopted,” according to a report released by Us News on March 17, 2021

EU diplomats say Chinese officials have been accused of human rights abuses against China’s Uighur Muslim minority in China, and they say the sanctions reflect strong concerns of Europe, the United States and Canada on the Uighurs.

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