Legislative summary: The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act:
Requires corporations to prove with "clear and convincing evidence" that any products imported into the US and sourced from Xinjiang (XUAR) are not made with forced labor.
Determine whether forced labor is "widespread and systematic and therefore constitutes atrocities."
List Chinese entities that use the forced labor of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslim minorities.
List products made by forced labor in the XUAR and a list of businesses that sold such products in the US.
Sanctions for any foreign person who "knowingly engages" in the forced labor of Uyghurs in the XUAR.
Statement in support by Sen. Cruz: Sen. Ted Cruz joined Sen. Marco Rubio in introducing H.R.6210 to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable for the use of force labor. "The Chinese Communist Party has transformed Xinjiang into a technological dystopia and a human rights horror,"
Sen. Cruz said. "Time and time again from the CCP we see the complete and total disregard for human life and values.."
Statement in opposition in Washington Post: Researchers estimate the Chinese government has placed more than 1 million people into internment camps in Xinjiang. While US law already prevents companies from importing goods that were made using forced labor, the law is seldom enforced. Apple is heavily dependent on Chinese manufacturing; alleged forced Uighur labor has been used in Apple's supply chain. A report from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute alleged four instances in which labor from the Xinjiang region has been connected to Apple's supply chain: In 2017, the Chinese government transferred between 1,000 and 2,000 Uighurs to work at a factory owned by O-Film, which helps make selfie cameras for Apple's iPhone.
Legislative outcome: Passed House 406 3-22,(2/3 required) Roll no. 196 on 09/22/2020.
Participating counts on VoteMatch question 14.
Question 14: Support American Exceptionalism
Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
Topic: Foreign Policy
Headline: Voted YES to monitor forced Uyghur labor in Xinjiang
Headline 2: Not US role to monitor forced Uyghur labor in Xinjiang
Headline 3: Sponsored bill to monitor forced Uyghur labor in Xinjiang