US puts block on Chinese products from Uighur 'forced labor'

US puts block on Chinese products from Uighur 'forced labor'

US puts block on Chinese products from Uighur 'forced labor'

"Forced labor is an atrocious human rights abuse that is completely against the values that we all share", acting Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan said as he announced the orders halting the imports in a call with reporters.

"By taking this action, DHS is combating illegal and inhumane forced labor, a type of modern slavery, used to make goods that the Chinese government then tries to import into the United States", acting DHS deputy secretary Ken Cuccinelli said in a statement.

The items include cotton, garments, hair products and electronics from five specific manufacturers in Xinjiang as well as adjacent Anhui. Ltd. and Baoding LYSZD Trade and Business Co.

The orders on Monday "send a clear message to the worldwide community that we will not tolerate the illicit, inhumane, and exploitative practices of forced labour in US supply chains", Mark A. Morgan, acting commissioner of US Customers and Border Protection agency, said. Ltd; and computer parts from Hefei Bitland Information Technology Co.

CBP also halted imports of hair products made at a manufacturing facility where authorities believe Uighurs and other ethnic minorities are forced to work.

The new WROs join a handful released over the a year ago, and mark a major escalation of USA efforts to punish China for its treatment of Uighurs, whom the US believes are forced into working in plants and factories.

When CBP blocks imports, shippers can either pull them back or challenge the ruling and attempt to prove the products were not made through forced labor or other violations.

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The 1930 Tariff Act prohibits imports produced with prison or slave labor to ensure fair competition with US manufacturers. Enforcement has increased since the law was strengthened in 2016 under President Barack Obama. Dozens of Chinese entities and companies also have been blacklisted from doing business with us firms.

The Trump administration on Monday said it will block US imports of cotton, apparel and other products from five specific entities in western China's Xinjiang region, but has shelved proposed region-wide bans on all Xinjiang-produced cotton and tomato products.

Xinjiang, which means "new frontier" in Chinese, was brought under control of Chinese authorities in Beijing in the 19th century.

Survivors of the internment camps have recounted being tortured, raped, and forced to undergo political indoctrination while detained.

China denies mistreatment of the Uighurs and says the camps are vocational training centers needed to fight extremism.

The government has said it treats all ethnicities equally and protects the legal rights of minorities.

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