US House Approves Bicameral Bill to Ban Imports From China's Xinjiang

© REUTERS / LEAH MILLISA security camera can be seen near the U.S. Capitol building as the sun sets in Washington, U.S., November 29, 2021.
A security camera can be seen near the U.S. Capitol building as the sun sets in Washington, U.S., November 29, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 15.12.2021
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - The US House of Representatives passed a final version of the the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, which bans the importation of goods made with forced labor in China's Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
The House passed the legislation on Tuesday night by a voice vote, sending it to the Senate for consideration.
The House passed its version of the bill last week with a 428-1 vote and the Senate passed its version of the measure by voice vote in July. Both chambers agreed to a final version of the bill this week.
The legislation targets "goods, wares, articles, and merchandise imported directly from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region or made by Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Tibetans, or members of other persecuted groups in China."
In addition, the bill requires the American president to impose sanctions on officials responsible for persecuting Muslim minorities and facilitating the use of involuntary labor.
The legislation also requires businesses to prove their operations do not involve the use of forced labor from alleged work camps in Xinjiang.
The legislative text accuses China of arbitrarily imprisoning as many as 1.8 million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and members of other Muslim minority groups in a system of extrajudicial mass internment camps.
The prisoners are forced to produce "textiles, electronics, food products, shoes, tea, and handicrafts" at a network of government-subsidized factories in Xinjiang and elsewhere in China, the legislation says.
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