The state Department expressed concern about the human rights situation of Muslims in China

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The official U.S. state Department spokesman Heather Nauert on Tuesday expressed concern about the human rights situation of Muslims in China, but did not comment on the possibility of imposing sanctions.

On Monday, the New York Times, citing unnamed US officials said that the US administration is considering imposing sanctions against Chinese officials and companies amid reports of «perevoplotilsya camps» for Muslims in the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous region.

«It (the rights of Muslims – ed.) remains of serious concern to the US government, particularly the state Department. We are deeply concerned about attacks not only on the Uighurs, Kazakhs and other Muslims in this region of China. There are credible reports that many thousands were detained in detention centres from April 2017,» — said Nauert at the briefing.

According to her, such oppression of ethnic and religious minorities may cause radicalization among them.

Along with that, she refused to talk about the possibility of imposing sanctions in connection with this situation. She noted that Washington was in possession of «there are a lot of tools,» but she did not mention the «possible actions that can be taken by the US government.»

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