UPDATED 2:34 PM PT – Friday, December 10, 2021
The Treasury Department issued a number of new sanctions on people and entities worldwide over accusations of human rights abuses.
On Friday, the Treasury announced sanctions on 15 individuals and 10 entities from China, North Korea, Bangladesh and Burma. The Department cited connections to “human rights abuse, including technology-enabled abuse and repression.”
Today, on International Human Rights Day, Treasury’s OFAC is designating 15 individuals & 10 entities for their connection to human rights abuse, including technology-enabled abuse, & repression in several countries around the globe.https://t.co/Xh9kSK0sDz
— Treasury Department (@USTreasury) December 10, 2021
“Our actions today, particularly those in partnership with the United Kingdom and Canada, send a message that democracies around the world will act against those who abuse the power of the state to inflict suffering and repression,” stated the U.S. Treasury Department.
Among the sanctioned individuals are high-level Chinese Community Party (CCP) officials operating in the Xinjiang region of China and affiliates of North Korea’s cartoon studio, SEK, as well as members of the country’s judicial system. The Treasury additionally pointed out how the program, SenseTime, has a facial recognition software that was made to be used in Xinjiang against Uyghur Muslims, among other Muslim minorities.