The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) authority announced on Wednesday, Jan. 13, the absolute prohibition of all products made with cotton and tomatoes from Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, China because they are the result of forced labor by Uighurs persecuted by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).
“DHS [Department of Homeland Security] will not tolerate forced labor of any kind in U.S. supply chains,” acting DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said in a statement on Wednesday. “We will continue to protect the American people and investigate credible allegations of forced labor, we will prevent goods made by forced labor from entering our country, and we demand the Chinese close their camps and stop their human rights violations.”
While the Trump administration had already imposed a restriction on imports from Xinjiang for the same reasons, this tightening of measures against the Chinese communist regime comes at a time when international pressure is mounting against the CCP for its inhumane practices against the Muslim minority.
On Tuesday, Jan. 12, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab also announced that the government will severely fine UK companies whose production chain is linked to Uighur forced labor.
“Evidence of the scale and severity of the human rights violations being perpetrated in Xinjiang against Uighur Muslims is now far reaching. And it paints a truly harrowing picture,” said Raab.
Allegations and specific evidence of forced sterilization, torture, arbitrary arrest and detention, and rape, have drawn the attention of several governments to the genocide of the CCP against the Uighurs.
” The agency identified the following forced labor indicators through the course of its investigation: debt bondage, restriction of movement, isolation, intimidation and threats, withholding of wages, and abusive living and working conditions,” CBP explained. It listed the affected products as including, but not limited to, “apparel, textiles, tomato seeds, canned tomatoes, tomato sauce, and other goods made with cotton and tomatoes.”
According to Breitbart, 80% of China’s cotton comes from Xinjiang, and China produces one-fifth of global cotton.
On the opposite side of ending the barbarities of the CCP are companies like Disney that in its film “Mulan” thanked the police authorities of Xinjiang for their work in helping them to film and the Japanese brand Uniqlo that in its ads boasts that their clothes are superior because they are “made with Xinjiang cotton, famous for its superior quality.”
Similarly, European Union leaders signed a multimillion-dollar investment pact with Beijing without objecting to its record of human rights violations, somehow recognizing the CCP as its No. 1 trading partner.
Coincidentally, both Germany’s Angela Merkel’s government and Italy’s Giuseppe Conte government recently announced that they would be stepping down or are facing tough scrutiny as leaders of their countries due to strong public disapproval and opposition to their policies, perhaps a sign that it is time to put human dignity above all else.