A bill intended to end China’s use of Uyghur forced labor has been approved by the Senate and now needs to be passed in the House of Representatives and signed by President Biden.
The legislation is designed to prohibit imports from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) in northwest China to the United States. Reports have shown that China is not only forcing detainees in its vast network of internment camps to produce goods but moving detainees out of the camps and into factories where they are forced to work under dire conditions for little to no wages.
The legislation would require importers to obtain certification from the U.S. government that goods were not produced using forced labor by the Uyghur ethnic and Muslim minority group in Xinjiang. It would also allow for sanctions, under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, against officials deemed responsible for orchestrating this systematic forced labor on such a massive scale.
Now that the United States has declared the actions by the Chinese government against the Uyghur people a genocide, we are optimistic that this legislation will be reintroduced and passed by the new Congress.