October 9, 2019

On October 9, BIS added 28 Chinese governmental and commercial organizations to its Entity List for acting contrary to the foreign policy interests of the United States. BIS noted that these entities are implicated in human rights violations and abuses in the implementation of China’s campaign of repression, mass arbitrary detention, and high-technology surveillance against Uighurs, Kazakhs, and other members of Muslim minority groups in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR) of China. The action targets the XUAR and 19 of its subordinate entities as well as eight Chinese technology companies.  Notably, this is a rare occasion where BIS is using the Entity List for human rights violations, particularly with respect to the eight commercial entities that are targeted for their roles in supplying equipment used in the XUAR.

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