The European Union (EU) agreed on Wednesday to sanction Chinese officials for human rights abuses, two diplomats said.
EU ambassadors have authorized the travel bans and asset freezes on four Chinese individuals and one entity, whose names were not yet released to the public until the formal approval of EU foreign ministers on March 22.
The Chinese officials were accused of human rights abuses against China’s Uighur Muslim community, which signals the growing concern over their safety from Europe, the United States, and Canada.
“Restrictive measures against serious human rights violations and abuses adopted,” an EU diplomat said.
These were the first penalties against Beijing in over three decades.
The EU last sanctioned China with an arms embargo, which is still in place today, following the Tiananmen Square massacre which led to a series of pro-democracy protests in 1989.
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