US Commerce Department Adds Nine Chinese Entities to Economic Blacklist Over Human Rights Abuses

Citing human rights abuses in China's Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, the United States Department of Commerce has announced its intent to add a total of nine new Chinese entities to an economic black list. A separate department measure called for two dozen Chinese companies "with ties to Weapons of Mass Destruction" to be added to that list.

The Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security announced Friday that the People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Public Security’s Institute of Forensic Science and eight additional Chinese companies would be added to

According to the release, the decision came about after it was determined that the associated parties are "complicit in human rights violations and abuses committed in China’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, forced labor and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and other members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR)."