United Nations rights chief discussing visit to Xinjiang with China

A high-security facility believed to be a re-education camp where mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are detained on the outskirts of Hotan in China's Xinjiang Autonomous Region

The Trump administration has banned imports of cotton, hair products, clothing, and other products made with forced labor from China's Xinjiang region, where the regime has detained more than 1 million Uyghur Muslims and other Muslim minorities.

The orders come as the United States takes stronger action against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) over its repression in Xinjiang, where internment camps serve as part of the regime's purported crackdown on "extremism".

The treatment of people in Xinjiang has become a source of friction between the USA and China amid broader tensions over trade and the response to the coronavirus outbreak.

The measure would allow U.S. customs agents to detain and potentially destroy goods brought into the country that are made by the named companies or entities in Xinjiang, a far western region where China has detained as many as 1 million Uighurs and other ethnic minorities in internment camps and prisons.

Customs and Border Protection officials told Reuters last week that they had prepared the broader bans on cotton, cotton textiles and tomatoes, among China's biggest commodity exports, along with the orders announced Monday.

Companies that ship clothing and other cotton goods, computer parts and hair products from the Xinjiang region were named in the order issued by U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

"President Trump and this Department have, and always will, put American workers and businesses first and protect American citizens from participating in these egregious human rights violations", said acting DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli. Ltd. and Baoding LYSZD Trade and Business Co.

CBP issued what is known as a "withhold release order", that blocks shipments from the companies and facility at US ports unless companies involved can prove the goods were produced without the use of forced labor.

The U.S. issues the orders under the 1930 Tariff Act, which prohibits imports produced with prison or slave labor to ensure fair competition with U.S. manufacturers and keep tainted products out of the supply chain.

CBP did not identify any USA companies that do business with the named entities.

They are now believed to hold around 1 million people from mostly Muslim ethnic groups that include Uighurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz in detention facilities where detainees are subjected to political and cultural indoctrination.

The US trade action is the latest in a series of steps by the Trump administration targeting Chinese authorities and businesses over allegations of human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

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.



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