24 C
New Delhi
Sunday, February 28, 2021

Update bill in US Congress targets China’s forced labor system in Xinjiang, Tibet

(TibetanReview.net, Feb20’21) – A bipartisan bill has been introduced in the US House of Representatives on Feb 18 to include coerced labor in Tibet in an earlier version of the bill, prohibiting goods made by Uyghur forced labor from entering the United States. It will also mandate a US government enforcement strategy for dealing with coerced Tibetan labor too, said Washington-based International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) Feb 18.

The earlier version passed the House in September 2020 by a vote of 406-3.

The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act will create a “rebuttable presumption” that goods made in Xinjiang—which Uyghurs know as East Turkestan—are the result of forced labor and cannot enter the United States, unless there is “clear and convincing” evidence to the contrary, the group said.

The updated House bill newly includes references to Tibet, including the finding that, “hundreds of thousands of rural residents of the Tibet Autonomous Region participated in ‘military-style’ training, ideological education, and vocational training before being transferred to job postings in the [Tibet] Autonomous Region or elsewhere in China.”

This bill was introduced by Reps. James P. McGovern, D-Mass., Chris Smith, R-NJ, Thomas R Suozzi, D-NY, Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo, Tom Malinowski, D-NJ, Mike Gallagher, R-Wis., and Jennifer Wexton, D-Va.

The updated bill mandates the US Forced Labor Enforcement Task Force to produce a strategy to “effectively address forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China or [goods] made by Uyghurs, Kazakhs, Kyrgyz, Tibetans, or members of other persecuted groups [through forced labor] in any other part of the People’s Republic of China.”

ICT said this enforcement strategy will have to include a list of products made wholly or partly by the involuntary labor of Tibetans or members of the other persecuted groups, as well as a list of businesses that have sold such products in the United States.

The issue of coerced labor in Tibet came into the picture after scholar Adrian Zenz published a groundbreaking report in Sep 2020, exposing a large-scale coercive labor program in Chinese occupied Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR).

Zenz’s research revealed that the program pushed more than half a million rural Tibetans farmers and herdsmen off their land into military-style training centers in just the first seven months of 2020.

Such trained Tibetans were then sent to other areas of Tibet and China and pushed into low-wage factory and construction labor.

ICT said that following this report, more than 60 parliamentarians from 16 countries—including the United States—called on their governments to “take immediate action to condemn these atrocities and to prevent further human rights abuses.”

The 63 parliamentarians were members of The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China and Zenz serves as its ethnic minority advisor.

Related Articles

Chinese state hackers employ malicious Firefox extension to target exile Tibetans

(TibetanReview.net, Feb27’21) – Chinese Communist Party-backed hackers have been carrying out low-level phishing campaigns against the Tibetan diaspora since Mar 2020, reported...

India reports over 16,000 daily new Covid-19 cases for third day running

(TibetanReview.net, Feb27’21) – After reporting a significant drop in the number of Covid-19 cases for months, some states in India have seen...

Global Covid-19 death toll crosses 2.5 million, reported Tibetan cases touch 1,540

(TibetanReview.net, Feb26’21) – Reported worldwide death toll from Covid-19 has now topped the 2.5 million mark, with half of them having occurred...

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Stay Connected

6,190FansLike
705FollowersFollow
7,109FollowersFollow
- Advertisement -

Latest Articles

China calls its rights record best in history as UN rights chief adds to growing criticisms

(TibetanReview.net, Feb27’21) – The United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has said Feb 26 that China was restricting basic civil and...

Chinese state hackers employ malicious Firefox extension to target exile Tibetans

(TibetanReview.net, Feb27’21) – Chinese Communist Party-backed hackers have been carrying out low-level phishing campaigns against the Tibetan diaspora since Mar 2020, reported...

India reports over 16,000 daily new Covid-19 cases for third day running

(TibetanReview.net, Feb27’21) – After reporting a significant drop in the number of Covid-19 cases for months, some states in India have seen...

After US State Department and Canadian House of Commons, Dutch Parliament declares China’s atrocities in Xinjiang genocide

(TibetanReview.net, Feb26’21) – After the US State Department and Canada’s House of Commons, the Netherlands has become the first European country whose...

Global Covid-19 death toll crosses 2.5 million, reported Tibetan cases touch 1,540

(TibetanReview.net, Feb26’21) – Reported worldwide death toll from Covid-19 has now topped the 2.5 million mark, with half of them having occurred...