A rare and coordinated approach has triggered China's strong reaction and retaliated by the torn force restrictions against European politicians and scholars.
For the first time in three decades, UK or EU has punished China for human rights abuses Sanctions over the treatment of Uyghurs mark.
The European Union, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada have imposed parallel sanctions against Chinese officials for violating the Uyghurs' rights.
Synchronous sanctions are the first time in three decades that countries have simultaneously punished China for human rights violations.
According to British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, the treatment of Uyghurs is "the most massive retention of an ethnic and religious group since World War II." The diplomat added that the evidence for the violation of minority rights is clear.
The sanctions will include travel bans and asset freezes for four of Beijing's top officials.
Like his predecessor Mike Pompeo, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken called China's policy towards the Uyghur minority genocide.
In response, Beijing has also applied restrictions against European Parliament, diplomats, and European think tanks. We are talking about ten individuals from the EU and four think tanks. China believes that the West should "stop lecturing others about human rights and interfere in their internal affairs."
According to human rights activists, at least 1 million Uyghurs are being held in "re-education" camps in Xinjiang.
In September last year, it was reported that the Chinese authorities had built about 400 camps for the so-called "re-education" of minorities, in particular the Uighurs, which they have been fighting against in recent years.
The Uyghurs are the indigenous people of East Turkestan, now living in China, particularly near the city of Xinjiang. According to various sources, there are now about 10 million Uyghurs in China.
For quite a long time, the ethnic group has been discriminated against by the official authorities to assimilate them. Among the "popular" activities, so-called "re-education" camps are used for this. There, both physical and moral violence is used against the Uyghurs: they are forced to work in factories, they are raped, beaten, taught in the Northern Chinese dialect, and forced to glorify the party.