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Miami, FL — U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) issued a statement after the U.S. Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), pursuant to the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, imposed sanctions against Sun Jinlong, a former Political Commissar of the Xinjiang Production and Construction Corps (XPCC) and Peng Jiarui, the Deputy Party Secretary and Commander of the XPCC for their their links to egregious human rights abuses against Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). Additionally, the U.S. Treasury Department sanctioned the XPCC for their connection to forced labor and the mass interment of Muslim minorities in the XUAR.

“Any individual linked to the human rights abuses against Uyghur and other Turkic minorities must be held accountable. I applaud the Trump Administration for their continued commitment to imposing costs on individuals and entities linked to the heinous crimes in Xinjiang. The XPCC’s role in forced labor should serve as a warning to any company with supply chains in Xinjiang. This also further highlights the urgent need for Congress to pass my bipartisan Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (S. 3471) without delay.”

Rubio is Cochair of the bipartisan and bicameral Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), the Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations’ Subcommittee that oversees human rights, and is a member of the Subcommittee on East Asia, the Pacific, and International Cybersecurity Policy.