Uyghur News Recap: Sept. 2–9, 2022

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September 10, 2022

In brief

— The Uyghur Human Rights Project found that some U.S. supermarkets and online stores continue to sell red dates linked to Uyghur forced labor from Xinjiang even after the U.S. passed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which bans imports from Xinjiang unless businesses can prove that a product is not connected to forced labor. The stores and distributors mentioned in the report did not respond to inquiries by its authors.

“U.S. companies have not fully mapped out their supply chains, which makes it difficult for CBP [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] to identify and trace goods made with Uyghur forced labor. Many products may be exported from mainland China or by intermediary suppliers outside of China that seem to have no links to the XPCC [The Xinjiang Construction and Production Corps] or even the Uyghur region.”

Nuzigum Setiwaldi, author of a Uyghur Human Rights Project report that found that despite U.S. law, some U.S. retailers continue to sell red dates grown and processed in Xinjiang

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