By Mary Margaret Olohan
Daily Caller News Foundation
The Chinese government sanctioned a Catholic human rights campaigner Friday who has highlighted the CCP’s abuses in Xinjiang.
British leading human rights activist David Alton and eight other United Kingdom citizens were sanctioned by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Friday, banning them from entering China, Macau, and Hong Kong, the Catholic News Agency reported. Chinese citizens are also forbidden to do business with the sanctioned individuals, according to the publication.
“These sanctions demonstrate the stark contrast between a country in which parliamentarians are free to speak about genocide and gross violations of human rights, and a country which perpetrates such crimes with impunity and seeks to silence anyone who dares to speak out,” Alton wrote in a post on his website Friday. “We who are free will go on speaking on behalf of those who are not.”
Alton is a member of the upper house of the U.K. parliament, the House of Lords, according to the Catholic News Agency. He said Friday that China’s sanction came after the U.K. government introduced sanctions Monday against four senior Chinese officials for China’s mistreatment of Uyghur Muslims.
“The imposition of tit-for-tat sanctions is a crude attempt to silence criticism,” 70-year-old Alton wrote. “But the CCP needs to learn that you can’t silence the whole world and that the first duty of a parliamentarian is to use their voice on behalf of those whose voices have been silenced.”