The US banned all cotton and tomato products made in the area of China where the government is detaining more than a million Muslim Uighurs in horrendous prison-like conditions where they are forced into labor, the US Customs and Border Protection announced.
The CBP issued a Withhold Release Order for the products made in China’s Xinjiang region based on information that the Chinese Communist Party was using detainees for “prison labor” in reeducation camps.
“The agency identified the following forced labor indicators through the course of its investigation: debt bondage, restriction of movement, isolation, intimidation and threats, withholding of wages, and abusive living and working conditions,” it said in a statement on Wednesday.
The order will direct CBP personnel at all US ports to hold up the products , including “apparel, textiles, tomato seeds, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, and other goods made with cotton and tomatoes.”
The statement pointed out that companies are responsible for ensuring products they import are not made by forced labor at any part of the supply chain.
“DHS will not tolerate forced labor of any kind in U.S. supply chains. We will continue to protect the American people and investigate credible allegations of forced labor, we will prevent goods made by forced labor from entering our country, and we demand the Chinese close their camps and stop their human rights violations,” said acting Department of Homeland Security Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli.
Chinese President Xi Jinping said the Uighurs are only being detained so they can be taught the “correct” outlook on the Communist government.
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