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Uyghurs in China: US Senate bans products from Xinjiang

Uyghurs in China
The U.S. Senate bans products from Xinjiang

One million Uyghurs and other members of the Muslim minority have been detained in forced labor camps in China’s Xinjiang province. The United States is now targeting human rights abuses and has banned the import of all goods from the region – Beijing has responded with harsh criticism.

The US Senate has approved a ban on imports of goods from Xinjiang province due to China’s human rights abuses against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities. The House of Lords unanimously voted to legislate against forced labor and other human rights abuses against Muslim communities in the Northwest Territory. The move was firmly rejected by the Chinese government.

“The message is clear to Beijing and to every international organization that benefits from forced labor in Xinjiang: stop it,” Republican Senator Marco Rubio said in a statement. The human rights violations of the Chinese Communist Party will no longer be tolerated and institutions will no longer “benefit from these horrific abuses”.

One million Uyghurs are being held in detention camps

According to human rights organizations, at least one million Uyghurs and other members of the Muslim minority are being held in hundreds of detention camps in Xinjiang. In cotton production you have to employ yourself as a slave laborer. On the other hand, it talks about counter-terrorism training and programs in the Beijing region.

The government in Beijing was strongly critical of the Senate vote. The Department of Commerce said the allegations were completely unacceptable and that the United States was “significantly damaging the security and stability of global industrial and supply chains.” “This is not good for China and the United States, nor is it good for the recovery of the world economy.”

The United States has already taken action against China over the human rights situation in Xinjiang: a Chinese company has been banned from importing materials for solar panels, and there are restrictions on trade with four other companies that are said to use forced labor in the region.

New U.S. law provides importers with the requirements to “effectively locate the supply chain” and other obligations of care. Customs and border officials should also devise plans to curb critical imports. The bill must also be approved by the House of Representatives before it can be signed by President Joe Biden.

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