There are nine British organizations and four British organizations in China Blacklisted Because they would spread “lies and misinformation” about Xinjiang, the western region of China where persecuted Uyghurs live. These are mainly politicians from the Conservative Party and that party’s Human Rights Committee.
British MP Ian Duncan Smith Responded on Twitter: “Those who live freely under the rule of law should speak in the name of those without a voice. If this angered China, I will carry that as a badge of honor.”
On Monday, China took similar measures against politicians in the European Union. Due to European sanctions imposed on China, and caused by China’s human rights violations against the Uyghurs, Representative D66 Sjoerd Sjoerdsma has been blacklisted along with other politicians. Shurdsma, among other things, wants the 2022 Winter Games not to be held in China due to Chinese engagement with the Uyghurs.
Individuals and organizations who end up on the Chinese blacklist will not be able to do business with China or travel to the country. The same applies to immediate family members. If they have assets in China, they will be frozen.
In doing so, the Chinese are reversing Western sanctions, which means that four high-ranking Chinese officials in Xinjiang will be denied entry and will no longer have access to their assets.
The European Union, along with the United States, the United Kingdom and Canada, imposed sanctions on China for the first time in more than thirty years. According to international researchers, the Uyghurs are being systematically suppressed and China is guilty of genocide.
An estimated one million Uighurs are held in internment camps, which China euphemistically describes as re-education camps. This includes forced labor and forced sterilization. The majority of the House of Representatives speak of genocide, but the Council of Ministers will not adopt the term.