Friday , 27 November 2020

Calling for Signatories on Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Sign-On Letter

Shabtabnews – IRF Roundtable Congressional Working Group’s first call for signatures on a letter supporting the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. 

Please see below for the IRF Roundtable Congressional Working Group’s first call for signatures on a letter supporting the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. 

The Congressional Working Group asks for your signatures on a letter asking members of Congress to co-sponsor the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act that will help to ensure that American supply chains are not supporting the brutal forced labor practices of the Chinese Government against the Uyghurs.

Forced labor programs are a chilling component of the Chinese Communist Party’s brutal campaign of repression of Xinjiang’s Muslims’ religious freedoms. Government officials coerce many former concentration camp prisoners and local Muslim residents to work in government approved factories and other workplaces as part of their larger campaign to destroy their cultural identity and bring them under the complete control of the state. 

The Xinjiang Region provides 20% of the world’s cotton and The Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region estimates that 1 in 5 cotton garments in the global market is a product of forced labor.

This act would help safeguard American consumers from unwittingly supporting the CCP’s oppression. Key provisions of the act would create the presumption that goods produced in the Xinjiang Region are made with forced labor and prohibited from importation into the U.S. under the Tariff Act of 1930, unless there is “clear and convincing evidence” that the goods were not made with forced labor. It would also hold foreign parties accountable by enabling sanctions on those who knowingly participate in the importation of the products emerging from this forced labor. 


Call for Signatures
 Read and sign the multi-faith letter with 11 original signaturesWe are accepting organizational and individual signatures (with title).The deadline for signatures is the close of business on Friday, July 31, 2020.Direct questions to Trent Martin at [email protected].To Inform Your DecisionRead the House or Senate Legislation.Visit The Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region’s website.Read the New York Times’ report on forced labor and the cotton market.
With warm regards,
Greg Mitchell
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