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White House imposes new sanctions on N. Korea, China, Russia, Myanmar

13:26, 11 December 2021
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The US presented the restrictions in cooperation with the UK and Canada on the occasion of International Human Rights Day.

The Biden administration has imposed new sanctions against a total of 25 people and organizations in China, Russia, North Korea, Bangladesh, and Myanmar over alleged human rights abuses.

The announcement was made on Friday, on International Human Rights Day and the second day of US President Joe Biden’s global “Summit for Democracy”, strongly criticized by Russia and China who were not invited to participate.

Deputy Treasury Secretary Wally Adeyemo unveiled that the restrictions had been made alongside the UK and Canada adding that they aimed at taking action against those, who “inflict suffering and repression”.

“On International Human Rights Day, Treasury is using its tools to expose and hold accountable perpetrators of serious human rights abuse,” Adeyemo commented.

The sanctions target 15 individuals and ten entities, including Chinese officials accused of conducting a policy of genocide against Uyghurs in the Xinjiang region, Chinese AI developer SenseTime Group Limited, North Korea’s Central Public Prosecutors Office, a Russian university exploiting a student visa program for North Koreans and three animation studios in China and North Korea.

Concerning Myanmar recently shocked by a coup d’état, the White House took action against three entities for inciting violence and human rights abuses, while in Bangladesh the Rapid Action Battalion law enforcement unit was sanctioned for “undermining the rule of law and respect for human rights”.

Chinese representatives have already denounced the new restrictions dubbing them "serious interference in China's internal affairs" and warning that the sanctions will have grave consequences.

The sanctions come amid growing tensions on the Russia-Ukraine border and Joe Biden's recent phone talks with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky and Russian President Vladimir Putin