The Trump administration on Thursday sanctioned dozens of current and former foreign officials accused of political repression through killings, torture, rape and other human rights abuses in Russia, China, Yemen and other nations.
The actions by the U.S. Treasury and State departments—which also include sanctions against current and former officials in El Salvador, Jamaica and Haiti—coincided with the observance of international Human Rights Day.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the sanctions are meant to draw attention to the gross human rights abuses and provide accountability for perpetrators.
The Russian embassy in Washington didn’t comment. China’s embassy in Washington didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment, nor did the Yemeni, Salvadoran, Jamaican and Haitian missions to the United Nations.
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