Uyghurs: US Senate passes bill to ban Xinjiang imports

Sun Online Desk

15th July, 2021 04:52:44 PM printer

Uyghurs: US Senate passes bill to ban Xinjiang imports


The US Senate has passed a bill to ban imports from China's Xinjiang region, in response to alleged abuses of the mostly Muslim Uyghur minority group.

The legislation would create an assumption that goods manufactured in Xinjiang are made with forced labour, unless proven otherwise.

The Uyghur Forced Labour Prevention Act must pass the House of Representatives before it can be signed into law.

The US has already banned imports of Xinjiang cotton and tomatoes, BBC reported.

The Chinese state has been widely accused of human rights abuses in Xinjiang against the Ugyhurs and other Muslim minority groups.

Experts estimate at least a million people in the region have been detained in camps or imprisoned as part of a crackdown that began in 2017.

Many thousands more who are not detained are subject to extensive surveillance and state control, BBC reported.

China denies all allegations of human rights abuses.

The US bill, which passed by unanimous consent on Wednesday, means that importers of products from the region will have to prove the goods were not made with forced labour.