The 35 lawmakers from countries including the United States, United Kingdom, India, and others that make up the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China [IPAC] call on their respective countries to sanction individuals and companies that finance Uighur labor enslaved by the Chinese communist regime.
“We cannot ignore the role that big banks play in financing the abuses taking place in Xinjiang[China],” said Reinhard Bütikofer, a German Green member of the European Parliament and co-chair of IPAC, according to the Jan. 26 South China Morning Post.
He added: “If they knowingly invest in companies that perpetrate forced labor and other human rights violations, it is only fair that they are held accountable.”
The names of those companies complicit in human rights violations inflicted by the Communist Party of China (CPC) would be placed on a list, and they would be banned from buying from U.S. suppliers.
In this regard, more than a dozen members of the British Parliament asked the government of Prime Minister Boris Johnson to create such a blacklist of investors.
“As the Uigur people continue to suffer intolerable abuse at the hands of the Chinese government—which a growing number of independent legal experts believe to constitute genocide and crimes against humanity—we cannot allow our financial firms to bankroll these atrocities,” said Labour MP in the House of Lords, Helena Kennedy.
She was joined by Iain Duncan Smith, a Conservative member of the House of Commons, in a letter signed by MPs.
Also, British MPs voted in April 2021 to declare that China was committing genocide against the Uighurs.
Likewise, the French Parliament passed a motion calling on its government to condemn the CCP for “crimes against humanity and genocide.”
The clamor of the Uighur nation, composed of millions of members who suffer in the concentration camps and forced labor to which the CCP subjects them, has been heard by several countries.
Thus, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia have declared as genocide the atrocities to which the members of this ethnic group, of Muslim majority, are subjected.
Other ethnic minorities and religious groups such as Falun Dafa or Falun Gong practitioners also suffer persecution and threats of disappearance.
According to its website, just one of IPAC’s campaigns denounces the extensive links between global solar energy technology supply chains and the widespread use of forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
It also reports that some 90 Chinese and international companies run supply chains linked to coercive labor transfer programs.
“This is of major concern to the global solar supply chains, with manufacturers in the Uighur Region accounting for approximately 45% of the world’s solar-grade polysilicon supply—a primary material for 95% of solar modules,” IPAC says.