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U.S. Sanctions Chinese Firm, Officials Over Uyghur Treatment

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The U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned a Chinese company -- SenseTime Group Inc. -- and two people over the alleged oppression of the Uyghur Muslims in the Xinjiang autonomous region in western China.

The U.S. said that SenseTime has developed facial-recognition programs that “can determine a target’s ethnicity, with a particular focus on identifying ethnic Uyghurs.” The U.S. also says that the company has highlighted its software’s ability to recognize Uyghurs even if they’ve taken steps to avoid detection such as wearing beards, sunglasses or masks.