EU 27 ambassadors agree to sanction several Chinese officials for human rights violations

The ambassadors of 27 EU countries agreed to impose new sanctions on Chinese and other officials for human rights violations, Reuters quoted several EU diplomats as saying on March 17.

An EU diplomat who disclosed the news said that the decision to take restrictive measures was based on “serious violations and abuses of human rights” by the Chinese side. The list of 11 people subject to sanctions will be published next Monday after the EU’s formal approval, including four Chinese officials and one entity accused of violating the human rights of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang.

This is reportedly the latest EU action against China following U.S. Secretary of State Blinken’s announcement on Tuesday that the U.S. had updated its sanctions list against 24 Chinese and Hong Kong officials.