On December 9, Britain criticized China for its deteriorated human rights situation last year. In addition, Britain also issued sanctions against 30 people globally, including officials from Russia, Iran, and Myanmar. Britain believed those individuals were responsible for corruption or abuses of human rights.

According to Reuters, to mark International Anti-Corruption Day and Global Human Rights Day, the British government stated its sanctions collaborated with international partners.

The sanctioned individuals included those responsible for torturing prisoners and mobilizing troops to rape people. 

Foreign minister James Cleverly said, “Today our sanctions go further to expose those behind the heinous violations of our most fundamental rights.”

Russian Colonel Ramil Rakhmatulovich Ibatullin, the commander of the 90th Tank Division is among those sanctioned. This Tank Division has participated in Russia’s war on Ukraine. 

Previously, Russia, Myanmar, and Iran have denied accusations of atrocities as foreign interference based on falsehoods.

According to Britain’s annual review of global human rights and democracy, China’s human rights situation worsened last year due to Uighur Muslims experiencing what the foreign minister described as “horrific persecution.”

It added that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continued to enforce policies such as the extra-judicial detention of Uighur Muslims in political re-education camps within the expanding prison system in the Xinjiang region. 

The report said China is violating human rights in the region by using advanced technologies, such as mass surveillance and “predictive policing” algorithms. 

A spokesperson for the Chinese embassy in London fired back at the British government’s claims, calling them “baseless,” and saying that China’s human rights were at their “historical best.”

The spokesperson stated, “We once again urge the UK side to correct the practice of applying double standards on human rights,” adding that Britain should “stop interfering in China’s internal affairs.”

Late last month, a United Nations committee urged China to free people in Xinjiang detention facilities. In addition, it recommended that China should provide victims with “remedies and reparation.” 

The committee stated that the “lack of improvement in the human rights situation in Xinjiang” spurred it to adopt the recommendations.

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