The U.S. government announced new restrictions on imports of apparel, hair products, and technology goods from certain Chinese companies that have used forced labor in the Xinjiang region to make their products.
Source: CNBC Television/Youtube
The move stops short of a more sweeping ban on cotton and tomatoes produced in Xinjiang that the administration was considering earlier this month.
Human rights activists have been urging the U.S. to ban cotton imports from the Xinjiang region where millions of Uighurs, a mostly Muslim ethnic minority, have been detained, tortured, and used as prison labor.
China is the largest cotton producer in the world and around one in five cotton garments sold globally contains cotton and/or yarn from the Xinjiang region. Several international brands including Lacoste, Ralph Lauren, and Tommy Hilfiger have been linked to Xinjiang’s forced labor factories.
“With virtually the entire fashion industry affected, no brand can defend being complacent on this grave human rights crisis,” Chloe Cranston, business and human