Stop The Lip Service On Uyghur Forced Labor

July 30, 2020
Arielle Del Turco

Arielle Del Turco is Assistant Director of the Center for Religious Liberty at Family Research Council. This article appeared in The American Conservative on July 29, 2020.

A13-ton shipment of hair weaves and other products was seized earlier this month by federal agents over allegations that the individuals making them were suffering human rights abuses. Authorities believe the products consist of human hair taken from detainees held in China’s now-infamous internment camps in Xinjiang. This is just the latest evidence that points to a growing forced labor problem in China—a trend that should concern American businesses, consumers, and politicians alike.

As a major trading partner of China, the United States is positioned to push Beijing to abandon its forced labor practices. A group of congressmen has put forth the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act to do exactly that, and Congress should seek to pass this measure as soon as possible.

Beijing’s abuses against the Uyghur Muslim minority have attracted international media attention since reports surfaced in 2017 that an estimated one to three million Uyghurs and other Muslims in Xinjiang are detained in internment camps. Survivors describe brainwashing, torture, and unhygienic living conditions. The American government recognizes that the camps are more than just party propaganda centers. They are a source of forced labor.

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