U.S. Law on Forced Labor To Change China’s Industry?
The U.S. Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA) came into effect on June 21. This potentially far-reaching legislation prohibits imports that are made by forced labor in Xinjiang, China, which includes cotton products.About 90 percent of China’s cotton is produced in Xinjiang, and the region has almost no capacity to provide evidence that forced labor is not used. The situation may cause China’s textile and garment factories to avoid using Xinjiang-produced raw materials if they want to export their products, unless the Chinese regime stops slavery in Xinjiang.
The European Union adopted a resolution on June 9, condemning the crimes against humanity toward Uyghurs and calling for a restriction on imports of products made via forced labor.
The State Department implemented the UFLPA on June 21.
The State Department is committed “to continue combating forced labor in Xinjiang and strengthen international coordination against this egregious violation of human rights,” read the State Department statement.
The Act was signed into law by U.S. President Joe Biden on Dec. 23, 2021.
The State Department said in its 2021 report on international religious freedom, released on June 2, that the White House estimated that the Chinese regime “has detained more than one million Uyghurs, ethnic Kazakhs, Hui, and members …