The United States Senate has passed a bill which bans all imports from China’s Xinjiang region as a move to stand against the genocide against Uyghurs and other Muslim groups which has been happening in the region for quite some time now.
According to the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, it creates a rebuttable assumption that all goods manufactured in Xinjiang have been made using force labor and therefore are considered banned under the 1930 Tariff Act.
This bill was passed by the house by a unanimous consent, the current law bans imports into the United States if there is evidence of forced labor in their chain of production. Going forward now, burden of proof has been shifted to importers in the country.
This bill will have to pass the House of Representative before it can be sent to President Biden to officially be signed into law. The bill was introduced by Republican Senator Marco Rubio who is calling on the House of Representative to act with swiftness for the bill to become a law and take effect.
“We will not turn a blind eye to the CCP’s ongoing crimes against humanity, and we will not allow corporations a free pass to profit from those horrific abuses,” said Senator Rubio.