U.S. imposes visa restrictions on Chinese officials over Hong Kong security law
As Secretary of State Pompeo emphasized, restrictions are related to human rights violations in the PRC
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced additional visa restrictions on Chinese officials complicit in human rights abuses.
“China’s authoritarian authorities severely restrict freedom of expression, religion or belief, freedom of association and the right to peaceful assembly,” said Pompeo.. “The United States has made it clear that our country is not happy with those who commit such human rights violations.”.
According to Pompeo, the United States has decided to restrict the issuance of visas to Chinese officials believed to be involved in policies or actions aimed at persecuting believers, ethnic minorities, dissidents, human rights activists, journalists, trade unionists, civil society leaders and peaceful demonstrators. The restrictions also apply to the relatives of these officials..
“This move demonstrates that the US government is committed to holding the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) accountable for the increasing persecution of the Chinese people,” Pompeo said. “This year, the US imposed visa restrictions and financial sanctions on CCP officials involved in horrific abuses in Xinjiang, restricting access to Tibet, and undermining Hong Kong’s promised autonomy.”.
The Secretary of State expressed solidarity with the victims of the persecution in the PRC. “We call for their immediate release and urge the CCP to respect the human rights and fundamental freedoms to which the people of China are entitled under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights,” said the head of the US Foreign Office..
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