tirsdag 15. september 2020

Xinjiang: US to block some exports citing China's human rights abuses

The US will block some exports from China's Xinjiang region, over alleged human rights abuses against the mostly Muslim Uighur minority. It says "forced labour" was used to make the products, including at a "vocational" centre it called a "concentration camp". The export ban includes garments, cotton, computer parts and hair products from five entities in Xinjiang as well as nearby Anhui province. It stops short of a wider regional ban.

"These extraordinary human rights violations demand an extraordinary response," Kenneth Cuccinelli, the Department of Homeland Security's acting secretary told reporters. "This is modern-day slavery."The move is the latest by the Trump administration to put pressure on China over the situation in Xinjiang.

Beijing is believed to have detained more than one million people from Xinjiang in recent years, citing security risks. China maintains the internment sites provide job training and education and are necessary to combat terrorist and separatist threats. Thousands of children have been separated from their parents and, recent research shows, women have been forcibly subjected to methods of birth control.