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Canada joins U.S. and U.K. in imposing sanctions on China over treatment of Uyghur Muslims

The Canadian government says mounting evidence points to state-led abuses by Chinese authorities against more than one million Uyghurs

OTTAWA — Canada is levelling sanctions against Chinese officials over human-rights violations against minority Muslims in that country.

Foreign Affairs Minister Marc Garneau says in taking the dramatic step, Canada is joining its partners in calling on China to put an end to a systematic campaign of repression.

The move is being taken in concert with the United Kingdom, the U.S. and the European Union.

“We stand united and call for justice for those suffering in Xinjiang,” the three countries foreign ministers said in a joint statement.

The Canadian government says mounting evidence points to state-led abuses by Chinese authorities against more than one million Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities on the basis of their religion and ethnicity.