U.S. Senate Passes Bill Banning Imports of Goods Forced Labor of Uyghurs in Xinjiang

The United States Senate passed a bill on Dec. 16 that would ban imports of goods made by forced labor of Uyghurs in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang.

The Senate voted unanimously to pass the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act to prevent companies from sourcing goods that were produced “in whole or in part” through forced labor of the Uyghurs, a Muslim ethnic group.

Senator Marco Rubio, the sponsor of the bill, called the passage of the legislation “the biggest step yet towards holding China accountable for genocide” of the Uyghurs.

The House of Representatives passed the bill last week.

The legislation now heads to President Joe Biden for his signature to become law.

Earlier this week, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that Biden would sign the legislation into law.

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