The U.S. Department of Commerce announced on Monday that it has blacklisted 11 Chinese companies for participating in human rights violations against the Uyghur minority, which has blocked corporate access to American goods.
Washington, along with other western nations and right-wing groups, has accused Beijing of interning at least one million Uyghur Muslims in the western Xinjiang region.
In a statement, the Department of Commerce said the 11 sanctioned companies were "involved in human rights violations and violations in the implementation of the People's Republic of China's campaign of oppression, arbitrary mass detention, forced labor, involuntary biometric data collection, and genetic analysis."
The deal approved nine companies – Changji Esquel Textile, Hefei Bitland Information Technology, Hefei Meiling, Hetian Haolin Hair Accessories, Hetian Taida Apparel, KTK Group, Nanjing Synergy Textiles, Nanchang O-Film Tech and Tanyuan Technology – for involvement in forced labor.
Xinjiang Silk Road and Beijing Liuhe were both punished for "performing genetic analysis to promote suppression" by Uyghurs, Commerce said.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo described China's treatment of the Uighurs earlier this month as "the spot of the century".
But Beijing denies wrongdoing and says Uighurs visit vocational training centers.
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