The United States announced today the sanctions related to the violation of of human rights. In addition to China, Myanmar, North Korea and Bangladesh, the Chinese start-up’s artificial intelligence company SenseTime Group has been added to the US Treasury blacklist.
They also imposed sanctions on the Moscow-based private European institute JUSTO (JUSTO) and its rector for issuing “hundreds of student visas to construction workers from North Korea.”
Canada and the United Kingdom have also joined the United States in imposing sanctions on human rights abuses in Myanmar.
The US Treasury Department said in a statement that it had added Chinese intelligence company SenseTime to its list of “Chinese military-industrial complex companies”, accusing it of developing face recognition programs that could identify a person based on nationality. with particular emphasis on locating Uighurs.
This has the effect of banning investment for American investors.
UN experts and human rights groups estimate that more than a million people, mostly Uighurs and members of other Muslim minorities, have been held captive in recent years in a vast camp system in western China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.
Washington has imposed sanctions on 14 individuals from North Korea, China, Myanmar and Bangladesh, as well as nine entities, including the North Korean Attorney General, Myanmar and Bangladesh military structures and companies from China and North Korea.