(Last Updated On: October 10, 2019)

Eight Chinese companies have been placed on the economic blacklist by the US Commerce Department. This move was stimulated after accusations of human rights violations against Uighur Muslims among other mainly Muslim ethnic minorities.

Zhejiang Dahua Technology, a video surveillance company, IFLYTEK, Xiamen Meiya Pico Information and Yixin Science and Technology, have all been added to the “Entity List”. Twenty government agencies, along with Xinjiang’s province’s public security bureau and police college, are on the list as well. Due to national security concerns, in June, Huawei among four other tech companies was also added to the list. US companies cannot buy chips or components from the companies on this list without approval from the US government. 

In a federal register notice, the US Commerce Department said, “Specifically, these entities have been 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.”

Hikvision contradicted the decision as they said that this would meddle with efforts made to improve human rights across the globe. They have been trying to clarify the misunderstanding and voice their concerns. A Hikvision spokesperson said that this would negatively impact the US economy and communications with the US government. 

The Chinese government was accused by Mike Popeo, the US Secretary of State, of trying “to erase” Muslim culture by imprisoning hundreds of thousands of Uighurs into re-education camps. But these claims were denied by Beijing. 

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