U.S. bans cotton, other products from Xinjiang over forced Uighur labor

by Jordyn Pair · Sep 14th, 2020 3:42 pm

Last Updated Sep 15th, 2020 at 1:10 pm

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agents will begin turning away products created by forced labor in the Xinjiang region of China, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Monday. Xinjiang is where more than a million Muslims, mostly of the Uighur minority, have been imprisoned in concentration camps.

The ban includes cotton, hair products, computer components, and some textiles. DHS said the ban is part of the Trump administration's efforts to fight against the Chinese Communist Party's atrocities in the area.

The ban is currently includes a small number of products so it is "legally unassailable," but will reportedly expand later.


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