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U.S. mulls sanctions against those behind rights abuses in China's Xinjiang
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Mar 14, 2019 4:12 PM 4+ day ago

An armed police officer stands guard outside the entrance of what is officially called a vocational skills education centre in Hotan

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States is considering measures against those responsible for human rights violations against Muslims in China's Xinjiang region, a U.S. State Department spokesman said on Thursday, calling it a "great shame for humanity."

"We are committed to promoting accountability for those who are committing these violations and considering targeted sanctions as well, targeted measures, as well," spokesman Robert Palladino told reporters at a regular briefing.

Palladino later said he misspoke when he said sanctions. He did not elaborate on what he meant by targeted measures.

"We will continue to call on China to end these policies and to free these people who have been arbitrarily detained," he said.

Palladino said he echoed Turkey's description of the Xinjiang situation, in calling it a "great shame for humanity."

Palladino spoke after China hit back on Thursday ...

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