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CAIR Welcomes Unanimous Senate Passage of Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, Urges House to Swiftly Pass the Act

  • Action Alert: Urge Your U.S. House Representative to Pass the Act Without Delay 

(WASHINGTON, D.C., 7/15/21) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today welcomed the U.S. Senate’s unanimous passage of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act and called on the House of Representatives to adopt the bill without delay. 

TAKE ACTION: Urge Your U.S. House Representative to Pass the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act Without Delay

https://action.cair.com/a/cair-action-alert-ask-congress-pass-uyghur-forced-labor-prevention-act

Introduced by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) with bipartisan support from Senator Jeff Merkely (D-OR), the bipartisan Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (S.65/H.R.1155) prohibits the importation of goods made with forced labor in China’s Uyghur Region by Uyghur Muslims and other Turkic ethnic minorities.   

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act would create a “rebuttable presumption” that any goods made in the Xinjiang are made with forced labor and prohibited from entering the United States unless “clear and convincing” evidence is shown to the contrary.  

“CAIR welcomes the Senate’s unanimous passage of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act and urges members of the House to adopt the bill without delay,” said CAIR Director of Government Affairs Department Robert S. McCaw. “The United States must do everything it can to ensure American consumers and companies are not contributing to China’s genocide of Uyghur Muslims and its forced labor camps.”

The legislation is an updated version of H.R. 6210 that passed in the House of Representatives in on September 22, 2020 by a vote of 406-3.   

Bill Summary   

The legislation would:   

  • Prohibit all imports from the Uyghur Region of China unless the Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection can certify that the goods being imported to the U.S. are not produced, either wholly or in part, with forced labor and the Commissioner submits to Congress a report outlining such a determination;     
  • Authorize the President to apply targeted sanctions on anyone responsible for the labor trafficking of Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities;   
  • Require financial disclosures from U.S. publicly traded businesses about their engagement with Chinese companies and other entities engaged in mass surveillance, mass interment, forced labor and other serious human rights abuses in the Uyghur Region;   
  • Directs the Secretary of State to submit to Congress a public determination whether the practice of forced labor or other human rights abuses targeting Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in the Uyghur Region constitute crimes against humanity or genocide, and directs the Secretary to develop a diplomatic strategy to address forced labor in the Uyghur Region; and     
  • Require a strategy report from the Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force (established by the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement Implementation Act) and regular updates on the steps taken to enforce the import prohibition on forced labor made goods from the Uyghur Region.       

Background

Last week CAIR welcomed a report from Reuters that the U.S. Department of Commerce plans to as early as today “add more than 10 Chinese companies to its economic blacklist over alleged human rights abuses and high-tech surveillance” of Uyghur Muslims and other Turkic minorities in the Uyghur region.  

Last month, the Biden Administration added five Chinese companies to the Department of Commerce’s entity list for participating in China’s campaign of forced labor against Muslims in XUAR.  

So far, the U.S. government has blacklisted 53 parties from China that are specifically implicated in human rights abuses of ethnic Muslim minorities from XUAR – with 15 of these companies being implicated in human rights abuses related to forced labor of Uyghur Muslims and other Turkic minorities.  

CAIR welcomed the initial 2019 U.S. blacklisting of 28 Chinese surveillance, artificial intelligence and other technology companies that were allegedly being used to repress Uyghur and other Muslim minority groups in China.  

In addition to blocking imports from these companies, U.S. companies are barred from selling technology to companies placed on the Commerce Department’s Entity List without first seeking government approval. 

CAIR URGES HILTON WORLDWIDE HOLDINGS TO CANCEL HOTEL PROJECT ON SITE OF BULLDOZED UYGHUR MOSQUE 

CAIR is currently calling on Virginia-based Hilton Worldwide Holdings (HTL) to drop plans to build a Hilton Hotel in XUAR on the site of a bulldozed and desecrated mosque.   

Last month, The Telegraph reported that China is building a new commercial center—including a luxury Hilton Hotel— on a plot of land where a mosque was initially bulldozed and desecrated.      

TAKE ACTION: Demand Hilton Hotels to Drop China Project on Site of Bulldozed, Desecrated Uyghur Mosque  

SEE: CAIR Op-Ed: Complicit: Hilton Must Cancel Plan to Build Hotel on Site of Bulldozed Uyghur Mosque in China  

CAIR has called for immediate international action” following the June release of the Amnesty International report describing China’s abuse of its Uyghur Muslim minority as a “dystopian hellscape.”      

SEE: CAIR Calls for ‘Immediate International Action’ After Amnesty Report Describes ‘Dystopian Hellscape’ for Uyghur Muslims in China

CAIR also welcomed the Biden administration’s formal United States’ recognition that the government of China is committing “genocide and crimes against humanity” against Uyghur Muslim and other Turkic minorities in XUAR.       

SEE: CAIR Welcomes U.S. Formal Recognition of China Committing ‘Genocide and Crimes Against Humanity’ Against Uyghur Muslims, Other Turkic Minorities     

In March of this year, CAIR and Free Uyghur Now hosted the “Call It Genocide” Uyghur Muslim rights rally in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., urging the U.S. government to formally recognize China’s genocide of Uyghur Muslims and other Turkic minorities.      

Video: CAIR Co-Sponsors #CallItGenocide Uyghur Muslim Rights Rally at Chinese Embassy in D.C.  

Full Rally Video: #CallItGenocide Uyghur Muslim Rights Rally at Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C.  

Video: CAIR Director Nihad Awad Speaks at #CallItGenocide Uyghur Rights Rally at China Embassy in DC      

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448, rmccaw@cair.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, ihooper@cair.com    

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