The U.S. Department of Commerce announced sanctions against 14 Chinese companies in connection with genocide

The U.S. Department of Commerce issued a notice on July 9 placing 34 entities on its economic blacklist, including 14 Chinese companies suspected of committing genocide and crimes against humanity in the Xinjiang region.

According to the Commerce Department, all 34 sanctioned entities are involved in activities that violate or are likely to violate U.S. foreign policy and national security interests. Among them are 14 Chinese companies that have assisted Beijing in committing genocide and crimes against humanity through repression, mass detention and high-tech surveillance of Uighurs, Kazakhs and members of other Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region.

In addition, the Commerce Department added five entities that directly support China’s military modernization programs related to the laser and C4ISR programs to the list of sanctioned entities.

U.S. Commerce Secretary Raimondo issued a statement saying he will continue to sanction entities that commit human rights abuses in Xinjiang or use U.S. technology to advance China’s destabilizing military modernization efforts, and hold governments, companies and individuals accountable through export controls for attempting to acquire U.S.-origin goods for subversive activities in countries such as China, Iran and Russia that threaten U.S. national security interests .

The Chinese companies on the sanctions list include the China Academy of Electronics and Information Technology, Chengdu Xiwu Security System Alliance Co. Ltd.), Xinjiang Lianhai Chuangzhi Information Technology Co, Xinjiang Sailing Information Technology, Shenzhen Hua’antai Intelligent Technology and Beijing Geling Shentong Information Technology.