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U.S. congressional commission calls for sanctions on Chinese officials over abuse of Uighur human rights

  • January 9, 2020
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NHK reported online that a U.S. congressional commission discussing human rights conditions in China held a news conference on Wednesday to announce the release of its annual report. The commission criticized the Chinese government for expanding its mass internment of Uighurs in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region and continuing torture of the detainees. The commission also noted that the Chinese government has created a high-tech surveillance system in the region using artificial intelligence, facial recognition technology, and big data. According to the network, the commission urged the Trump administration to impose sanctions on Chinese officials involved in human rights abuses by saying the Chinese government is suspected of committing crimes against humanity. The chair of the commission, Democratic Representative James McGovern, reportedly told journalists that bipartisan U.S. lawmakers share concern over the worsening human rights situation in China.

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