The Trump administration has added 28 more Chinese organizations to its entity list, which forbids American companies from selling their products to foreign companies without government permission.
After banning American companies from doing business with Chinese tech company Huawei, the Commerce Department announced Monday that it will blacklist another 28 Chinese organizations, including two giants in the video surveillance industry: Hikvision and Dahua Technology.
The organizations, which also included several Chinese government entities, were punished due to their association with human rights abuses and violations in China’s campaign to target Uighurs and other ethnic Muslim minorites in the Chinese province of Xinjiang, according to the Commerce Department.
“The U.S. Government and Department of Commerce cannot and will not tolerate the brutal suppression of ethnic minorities within China,” Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross said in an ironic statement. “This action will ensure that our technologies, fostered in an environment of individual liberty and free enterprise, are not used to repress defenseless minority populations.”