A bill banning the import of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region products introduced in the Senate

A legislative bill banning the import of goods from China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region was submitted in the Senate on November 24, amid concerns about slave labor.

Senator Leo Housakos submits a bill, S-204, It “bans the import of all or partly manufactured or produced goods” from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, where China has been accused of committing widespread human rights atrocities against Uighur minority groups. Amend tariffs for this purpose.

“This bill simplifies and strengthens the law, and a strong message that our government is taking a stronger position and is serious about fighting human rights abuses, among other malicious actions. This is an opportunity to send it to the Communist Party administration, “Fusacos told The Epoch Times.

“Canada hasn’t done enough to confront China with any files, and there is much less slave labor.”

House of Commons passed non-binding motion In February, the Chinese government declared that it was slaughtering Uighurs and other Turkic Muslims. The vote was passed 266-0, and the Liberal Party government declined to vote.

Mehmet Tohti, secretary-general of the Uighur Rights Protection Project (URAP), said the bill is important because other measures taken by the federal government to curb imports from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region are not well underway. I am saying.

“Canada took no action other than advising Canadian companies to exercise due diligence, so we’ve been working for a long time to take some action through the law,” Torty said. Said.

In January, Global Affairs Canada issued a recommendation on dealings with Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region-related entities, saying, “Human rights infringement in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region should be carefully considered by Canadian companies doing business in China and doing business with China. It poses a lot of risk. “

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Workers will walk by a border fence officially known as the Vocational Skills Education Center in Dabancheng, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China, on September 4, 2018. (Thomas Peter / Reuters)

If no legislation is in place to ban products in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, Canada claims to be a “safe haven” for products made by Uighur slave workers.

“Morally and legally, it’s unacceptable,” he said.

However, Tohti said he does not expect a smooth voyage of the bill because “Canada has a strong pro-China lobby group.”

Alongside legislative promotion, a lawsuit has been filed in federal court to force the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) to ban forced labor on all goods coming out of the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. The proceedings were filed in February last year by a Canadian NGO supporting urgently needed refugees with the support of former Secretary of State David Kilgour. URAP was recent Accept The status of an intervener in the case by the Attorney General.

Canadian law already Ban Import of products procured from forced labor, regardless of country of origin.

The CBSA recently made the first ban under this law. It came into effect in 2020 as part of the adoption of the 2018 North American Free Trade Agreement (USMCA). Between October 11th and November 3rd, the Quebec CBSA intercepted the shipment. According to media reports, the proportion of women’s and children’s clothing of Chinese origin.

CBSA Told to CTV News It is difficult to enforce a ban.

“Unlike most other unlicensed merchandise, there is no visual indicator for border service officers to verify the labor standards in which a particular merchandise was produced,” said an agency spokesman. I did.

“Establishing a reliable and practical source of information to manage prohibitions requires investigation and coordination among all stakeholders.”

Tohti wasn’t happy with this approach, saying that he was “willing to track, not how to track”, noting that the United States has taken a more aggressive approach and has achieved some success. increase.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) continues to order the detention of cargo from certain companies or sectors that may come from slave labor in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Hoshine Silicon Industry Also Cotton and tomato..

Summer 2020, CBP Seized Suspicious products made from human hair obtained by forced labor ship in excess of US $ 800,000.

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The photo is a hair care product shipped from China. U.S. Customs and Border Protection will detain the shipment of hair care products from China at the port of New York / Newark on July 1, 2020. (CBP)

Two reports released this year by Sheffield Hallam University in the United Kingdom Sun When cotton Supplied through Chinese industry and global supply chain. The “Laundering Cotton” report released this month shows that many major brands, such as Ralph Lauren, Lacoste, Gap, and Lululemon of Canada, may be using new gomen obtained from intermediaries.

CBC Marketplace Survey Recently clearly Some tomato products on the shelves of Canadian supermarkets are from the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.

Uighurs are exposed to a series of human rights abuses, according to rights groups. We It is said to be equivalent to a genocide.

Global Affairs Canada state Uighurs said, “massive detention, forced mass arbitrary separation of children from parents, suppression of religious and cultural practices, oppressive targets and surveillance, forced labor, forced sterilization, torture. And there are credible reports of exposure to other forms of abuse.

In a report from Donna Ho

Noe Chartier


Noé Charter is a Montreal-based Epoch Times reporter.

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