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Washington [US]April 10 (ANI): Human rights activistsForemen and others have called on the United States to drop a broad network to stop imports of forced labor in China Xinjiang Region.
The New York Times reported that these groups have called on the Biden administration on Friday, stating that slavery and coercion pollute corporate supply chains that run through the region and China more widely.
President Biden December had signed a law, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which is due to enter into force in June. The law prohibits all goods manufactured in Xinjiang or affiliated with certain entities or programs that are sanctioned, and transfers minority workers to workplaces unless the importer can demonstrate to the U.S. government that its supply chains are free from forced labor.
According to The New York Times, a broad interpretation of the law could cast scrutiny over many products that the United States imports from China, which is home to more than a quarter of world production.
This could lead to more detentions of goods at the US border, which will most likely delay product deliveries and increase inflation further, the publication added.
The law requires that a task force consisting of officials in the Biden administration draw up several lists of devices and products of concern in the coming months.
However, it is unclear how many organizations the government will name, but trade experts said many companies that relied on Chinese factories could realize that at least some or all of the raw materials in their supply chains could be traced to Xinjiang.
“I think there are hundreds, maybe thousands, of companies that fit the categories” in the law, “said John M Foote, a partner in international trade practice at Kelley Drye & Warren, according to The NYT.
Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry estimated that the Chinese government has detained more than a million people in Xinjiang over the past five years – Uighurs, Kazakhs, Hui and other groups – under the guise of fighting terrorism.
For years, Chinese authorities have subjected Uighurs and other minorities in Xinjiang to arbitrary arrests and detentions in detention camps, physical abuse and restrictions on their religious practices and culture in what the United States and lawmakers in several other Western countries say are similar to genocide and crimes against humanity. .
The United States and parliaments in some Western countries have declared China’s actions against the Uighurs and other people a genocide and crimes against humanity, although China has denied allegations of abuse, Radio Free Asia reported. (ANI)