US officials shine spotlight on China’s crackdown on Uyghur Muslims

The United States is pushing to “strengthen international coordination” against the Chinese government’s human rights abuses, with a particular focus on banning products made with forced labor in China’s Xinjiang region, it said. said Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday.

The United States and some human rights groups accuse Beijing of genocide against ethnic Uyghurs in the predominantly Muslim region, and Mr Blinken has sought to highlight the problem as US customs officials and Border Protection began implementing a law prohibiting forced labor imports into the United States. .

President Biden signed into law the “Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act” in December after it passed Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support and Mr. Blinken pointed out Tuesday that the administration is now letting private companies know that they will be held responsible if found importing products made in whole or in part by forced labour.

“With our interagency partners, we will continue to engage companies to remind them of U.S. legal obligations that prohibit the importation into the United States of goods made with forced labor,” the secretary of state said in a statement.

“We are bringing together our allies and partners to make global supply chains free from the use of forced labor, to speak out against the atrocities in Xinjiang, and to join us in calling on the [Chinese government] immediately end atrocities and human rights violations, including forced labor,” he said.

China’s ruling Communist Party denies committing human rights abuses and has strongly rejected claims by the United States and several other countries that genocide is underway against Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities and nuns in Xinjiang.

Mr. Biden’s passage and promotion of the new forced labor import law “underscores[ed] our commitment to combat forced labor everywhere, including in Xinjiang, where genocide and crimes against humanity continue,” the Secretary of State said.

Commerce Secretary Gina M. Raimondo added in a personal statement that Tuesday’s implementation of the new law should send “a clear message to China and the rest of the global community that the United States will take action.” decisive action against entities that participate in the heinous use of forced labour”.

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