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Statement by Secretary Blinken on China’s Sanctions on Members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (full text translation)


U.S. Secretary of State Blinken speaks in the State Department Briefing Room on January 7, 2022.
U.S. Secretary of State Blinken speaks in the State Department Briefing Room on January 7, 2022.

U.S. Secretary of State Blinken said in a statement Monday (January 10) that China’s sanctions against members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom are another example of human rights violations that the United States will not be deterred by, but will continue to Use all diplomatic and economic tools to drive accountability and stand with those who speak out for human rights and fundamental freedoms. He also reiterated his call for China to stop its transnational repression, which includes jailing the families of Uighur-Americans and depriving them of their freedom of movement.

Below is the full text translation of the statement:

The People’s Republic of China responded last month to four members of the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), including Chairman Nadine Maenza, Vice Chairman Nury Turkel, and Commissioner Anuri Sanctions by Anurima Bhargava and James W. Carr are yet another affront to universal rights by the People’s Republic of China. In addition to dozens of current or former U.S. officials and organizations promoting democracy and respect for human rights around the world, China has previously sanctioned three other current or former members of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, as well as dozens of current or former U.S. Officials and organizations that promote democracy and respect for human rights around the world — all for no reason. We remain undeterred by these actions, and we stand in solidarity with the American Organization for International Religious Freedom and its employees. The United States is committed to defending human rights around the world and will continue to use all diplomatic and economic tools to drive accountability.

Beijing’s continued attempts to intimidate and silence those who speak out for human rights can only increase international scrutiny of the ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang. The United States reiterates its call on the People’s Republic of China to cease its transnational repressive practices, including the coercive practice of incarceration and deprivation of freedom of movement of Uyghur American activists, including the families of individuals who serve the American people. These actions undermine the rules-based international order.

We support and stand with those who speak out for human rights and fundamental freedoms, including freedom of religion or belief.

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