USA has blocked Chinese products made by “forced labour” in the Xinjiang region, including from a “vocational” centre that it branded a “concentration camp” for Uighur minorities.
“The Chinese government is engaged in systematic abuses against the Uighur people” and other minorities, said Mark Morgan, acting commissioner of the Customs and Border Protection agency.
“Forced labour is an atrocious human rights abuse,” he said.
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) acting Deputy Secretary Kenneth Cuccinelli said the new “Withhold Release Orders” (WROs) on cotton, textiles, apparel, hair products and computer parts are aimed at combating China’s use of forced labour by detained Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang
The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted: “The U.S. stands against state-sponsored forced labor, especially when it is used to exploit and abuse religious or ethnic minority groups. The People’s Republic of China must end its practice of forced labour in Xinjiang now”.