US Sanctions 11 Chinese Firms for Human Rights Abuses in Xinjiang

Sandra Loyd

The U.S. Commerce Department on Monday added to its Entities List 11 Chinese business included in declared human rights abuses in northwestern China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Area (XUAR), disallowing them from access to U.S.-sourced products, technology, and other products, a Department statement stated.

The business added to the list preserved by the Department’s Bureau of Market and Security (BIS) had actually been determined as complicit in what Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in a Monday declaration called Beijing’s “reprehensible practice of forced labor and abusive DNA collection and analysis schemes to repress its citizens.”

“This action will ensure that our goods and technologies are not used in the Chinese Communist Party’s despicable offensive against defenseless Muslim minority populations,” Ross stated.

Business called on Monday consist of the Changji Esquel Fabric Co. Ltd., Hefei Bitland Infotech Co. Ltd., Hefei Meiling Co. Ltd., Hetian Haolin Hair Add-on Co. Ltd., Hetian Taida Garments Co. Ltd., KTK Group, Nanjing Synergy Textiles Co. Ltd., Nanchang O-Film Tech, Tanyuan Technology Co. Ltd, Xinjiang Silk Roadway BG1, and Beijing Liuhe BG1.

Inviting the Commerce Department statement, Nury Turkel, a member of the U.S. Commission on International Spiritual Flexibility, stated Monday’s decision “will help ensure that the fruits of American innovation and industry are not inadvertently fueling outrageous religious freedom and labor violations.”

2 of the called firms, Hetian Haolin Hair Add-on and Hetian Taida Garments, make use of Uyghur and other minority Muslim employees “who have been given no choice in where they work,” Turkel added.

“The U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency has already stopped several shipments of clothes and hair weaves made by these companies because of concerns about forced labor.”

Extra legal authority is required to avoid items made with required labor from getting in U.S. market, nevertheless, Turkel stated.

“We urge Congress to pass the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which would bar imports of all goods mined, produced, or manufactured in Xinjiang, unless proven by clear and convincing evidence that the goods were not produced using forced labor.”

Likewise on Monday, the Germany-based exile World Uyghur Congress invited what it called “this positive step taken by the U.S. Administration at a time when China is committing crimes against humanity in East Turkestan,” utilizing the name chosen by numerous Uyghurs for their historical homeland.

“At the same time, we urge the European countries along with other democracies to follow the footsteps of the U.S. government and take immediate punitive measures against China,” WUC president Dolkun Isa stated.

“There must be a concerted international effort to end China’s atrocities,” Isa stated, including, “We call on all nations to stand behind America and take joint actions against China to stop this 21st Century Holocaust.”

Chinese authorities approved

This month, U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration leveled sanctions versus a number of leading Chinese authorities considered accountable for rights infractions in Xinjiang, consisting of local party secretary Chen Quanguo, under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Responsibility Act.

The relocation, which marked the first time Washington had actually approved a member of China’s effective Politburo, followed Trump’s enactment last month of the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 (UHRPA), which passed almost all through both homes of Congress at the end of Might.

The legislation highlights approximate imprisonment, required labor, and other abuses in the XUAR and supplies for sanctions versus the Chinese authorities who implement them.

China enforces heavy limitations on Muslim minorities in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Area (XUAR) in the name of marking out terrorism– consisting of on making use of native languages, expression of standard culture, and family preparation– while discrimination is plentiful in favor of bulk Han Chinese.

Those who do not abide by the policies consistently wind up imprisoned or apprehended in the XUAR’s huge network of internment camps, where authorities are thought to have actually held up to 1.8 million people given that April 2017.

Beijing explains the three-year-old network of camps as voluntary “vocational centers,” however reporting by RFA’s Uyghur Service and other media outlets shows that detainees are primarily held versus their will in unhygienic and confined conditions, where they are required to withstand inhumane treatment and political brainwashing.

Reported and equated by RFA’s Uyghur Service. Equated by Alim Seytoff. Composed in English by Richard Finney.

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