Joe Biden administration cites measures against forced labor in the manufacture of goods and “genocide” against Uighurs

The US Department of Homeland Security announced this Thursday (May 16, 2024) the inclusion of 26 Chinese companies in the textile sector in the UFLPA (Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Law Entity List), what prohibits the export of goods from entities that allegedly use forced Uyghur labor in the manufacture of products.

The United States and other Western countries accuse China of making a “genocide” and systematic persecution of Muslim minorities, mainly the Uighur ethnic group, in the region of Xinjiang, in northwestern China, where the cotton used by sanctioned companies is planted.

The UFLPA has been in effect since 2021 and is a US legislative effort to cut funding for activities based on the forced labor of Uyghurs.

The measure, which now increases the number of companies on the list to more than 80, aims to ensure that US companies can verify their supply chains and avoid importing products derived from forced labor.

US Secretary of Homeland Security, Alejandro Mayorkas, highlighted the importance of the measure.

“Today’s announcement strengthens our enforcement of the UFLPA and requires companies to verify the origin of their products in order to prevent those resulting from forced labor from entering our territory”he said in a statement.

With the measure, the United States tries to combat the exploitation of workers in China and ensure that products imported into the country respect human rights.


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