UHRP Applauds Continued Action by Executive Branch on Uyghur Human Rights Crisis

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May 27, 2020 9:20 am EST

Contact: Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) (202) 790-1795, (703) 217-7266

UHRP applauds the continued steps taken by the U.S. Department of Commerce to effectively respond to the ongoing human rights crisis in East Turkistan.

On May 22 the department’s Bureau of Industry and Security announced that nine additional parties would be added to the Entity List for their involvement in human rights abuses against Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other Muslim groups, including eight companies and the Ministry of Public Security’s Institute of Forensic Science. This is in addition to the 28 entities placed on the list in October 2019.

These companies include Aksu Huafu Textiles, a company complicit in the exploitation of forced labor and seven tech companies involved in the construction of the high-tech police state in the region: CloudWalk Technology, FiberHome Technologies Group and its subsidiary Nanjing FiberHome, Starrysky Communication Development, NetPosa and its subsidiary SenseNets, Intellifusion, and IS’Vision.

“The continued actions taken by the Executive Branch in response to human rights abuses in East Turkistan is highly encouraging to Uyghurs,” said UHRP Director Omer Kanat.

The expanded Entity List follows on the move earlier this month by U.S. Customs and Border Protection to place a withhold release order on hair products made by Hetian Haolin Hair Accessories in order to ensure that products made with forced labor do not reach U.S. shelves. The company was registered in an industrial park in the same location as a detention camp. UHRP applauds U.S. government efforts to prevent the importation of goods made with Uyghur forced labor and encourages other nations to take similar steps to address this urgent issue.