According to the US Department of Treasury, the US on Friday announced sanctions against two Chinese officials for grave human rights violations in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR).In order to further US national security and foreign policy goals, the agency manages and enacts sanctions on trade and economic activity. Notably, the Treasury has imposed sanctions on more than 40 people and organisations in nine nations who were involved in corruption and violations of human rights.
The Tibetan Public Security Bureau (TPSB) has had Zhang Hongbo (Zhang) as its director from 2018 till November 2022, the official release stated.
“By sanctioning Chinese officials for their abuse of Tibetan rights, the United States has once again put the spotlight on the situation in Tibet. The Communist regime’s decades-long, brutal occupation of Tibet has been a model for its abuse of Uyghurs, Hong Kongers, Mongolians and even Chinese,” the International Campaign for Tibet, an advocacy group in Washington and Europe that promotes human rights and democratic freedoms for the Tibetan people said regarding the sanctions.
It further commended the Biden administration for raising the pressure on Beijing through these sanctions for its human rights violation in Tibet.
“The next step is for the US Congress to pass the bipartisan Promoting a Resolution to the Tibet-China Conflict Act. This legislation provides a pathway to solving the Tibetan issue while keeping in consideration Chinese interests. At the same time, it enables the United States to protect the rights of the Tibetan people until China resumes the dialogue process and takes it to its logical conclusion, ” the International Campaign for Tibet added.
Additionally, any entities that are held by one or more blocked individuals, individually or collectively, directly or indirectly, at least 50% The US Treasury Department stated in a press release that all transactions by US persons or within (or transiting) the United States that involve any property or interests in property of designated or otherwise blocked persons are generally prohibited by OFAC’s regulations unless authorised by a general or specific licence issued by OFAC, or exempt.