Friday, July 16, 2021
Uighurs in China
US Senate bans Xinjiang products
One million Uighurs and other members of the Muslim minority have been detained in forced labor camps in China’s Xinjiang province. The US is now targeting human rights violations and is banning all imports of goods from the region – a move that Beijing has strongly criticized.
Due to China’s alleged human rights violations against Uighurs and other Muslim minorities, the US Senate has approved an import ban on goods from Xinjiang province. The House of Lords voted unanimously in favor of the law, which is directed against forced labor and other human rights violations against Muslim communities in the North-Western Province. The Chinese government strongly rejected the move.
“The message to Beijing and to every international company that benefits from forced labor in Xinjiang is clear: stop it,” Republican Senator Marco Rubio said in a statement. Human rights violations of the Chinese Communist Party will no longer be tolerated, and corporations “can no longer profit from these horrific abuses”.
One million Uighurs lodged in detention camps
At least one million Uighurs and other members of the Muslim minority are imprisoned in hundreds of detention camps in Xinjiang, according to human rights organizations. Accordingly, you have to, among other things, employ yourself as a slave laborer in cotton production. Beijing, on the other hand, talks about training and action programs against extremism in the region.
The government in Beijing sharply criticized the Senate vote. The Commerce Department said the allegations are completely unforgivable and that the US is “significantly damaging the security and stability of the global industrial and supply chain.” “It is neither favorable for China or the US, nor is it beneficial for the recovery of the global economy.”
The US has already taken action against China because of the human rights situation in Xinjiang: a ban on the import of materials for solar panels from a Chinese company and trade bans with four other companies that are allegedly involved in this. use of forced labor in the field.
The new US law provides requirements for importers to “effectively trace the supply chain” and other duties of care. Customs and customs officials should also prepare plans to prevent significant imports. The House of Representatives must also approve the bill before President Joe Biden can sign it.
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