UHRP Celebrates Historic Uyghur Bill Signed into Law

White House Signing UFLPA

December 23, 2021, 11:30 a.m. EST
For Immediate Release
Contact: Omer Kanat +1 (202) 790-1795, Peter Irwin +1 (646) 906-7722

The Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) is encouraged that the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act has been signed into law, the most significant legislation in the world to impose a cost on the Chinese government for its ongoing atrocities against the Uyghur people.

“This is a historic day in the long road towards justice for Uyghurs,” said UHRP Executive Director, Omer Kanat. “But it is only the first step—we must continue to build coalitions and build support to put an end to the genocide of our people.”

UHRP would like to thank the members of Congress who supported the legislation from day one including Speaker Pelosi, Leader Schumer, Senators Marco Rubio and Jeff Merkley, and Representatives Jim McGovern, Chris Smith, Gregory Meeks, Michael McCaul, Jennifer Wexton, and Tom Suozzi.

UHRP and fellow members of the Coalition to End Forced Labor in the Uyghur Region continue to call on companies worldwide to end business ties to the Uyghur Region, and ensure they are not sourcing products from workplaces across China where Uyghurs have been transported against their will.

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UHRP hails action to end import of cotton products from Chinese paramilitary conglomerate in the Uyghur Region, Dec 2, 2020

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