President Joe Biden
will sign a new law banning products made with Uyghur
forced labor in China
, the White House
has confirmed, in a blow to corporate interests that have lobbied against stricter import standards. The bipartisan and bicameral Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act
passed the House
by unanimous voice vote late on Tuesday. Introduced to the lower chamber by Rep. Jim McGovern
(D-MA), it is a compromise version of the bill authored by Senators Marco Rubio
(R-FL) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) last year.
The law places the burden of proof on American companies to demonstrate that imported goods were not mined, produced or manufactured wholly or in part with forced labor.
It is set to become the strongest U.S. action against what successive administrations have described as gross human rights violations in Xinjiang
, a source of cotton products but also polysilicon, an important raw material in the manufacture of solar panels.