EU Calls For Xinjiang Observer Mission, as US Targets More Products Over Forced Labour Requirements

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The European Union on Monday called on China to allow independent observers to see the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) to explore treatment of the Uyghurs, amid rising worries regarding the destiny of this 1.8 million or even more thought happen to be sent to internment camps.

EU’s Council President Charles Michel raised concerns regarding Xinjiang and Tibet, in addition to China’s imposition of federal security legislation on Hong at a video conference summit with China’s President Xi Jinping, he explained in an announcement.

“We reiterated our worries over China’s treatment of minorities in Xinjiang and Tibet, and also the treatment of human rights defenders and journalists,” Michel said.

“We requested for entry to independent observers into Xinjiang and we called for the launch of this arbitrarily-detained Swedish citizen Gui Minhai and two Canadian citizens,” Michel said after the assembly, which was initially scheduled as an in-house summit with all the EU’s 27 leaders, but had been changed online on account of this coronavirus pandemic.

Gui Minhai, a naturalized Swedish citizen, has been sentenced in February to 10 years for”illegally providing intelligence abroad” after disappearing from his house in Thailand at 2015, resurfacing in China four weeks afterwards.

Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Korvig have been arrested in China since December 2018 on espionage charges considered to be in retaliation for the Canadian government’s arrest of Meng Wanzhou, a formal for Huawei.

Government from the XUAR are thought to have held around 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities at a huge network of camps because April 2017.

Starting in October 2018, China recognized the presence of the camps, however, explained them as voluntary”vocational centers” set up to fight radical Islamic terrorism.

EU sharpens focus on XUAR abuses

Reporting from RFA’s Uyghur Service that has discovered that detainees are for the most part held against their will and forced to endure inhumane treatment and governmental indoctrination.

The EU, whose past asks for access into the XUAR because of its observers are denied, has been vocal in its criticism of their three-year-old Uyghur camp system compared to USA, which can be locked in a wide political and economic downturn with China.

weekly, however, French President Emmanuel Macron known as the repression of the Uyghurs”unacceptable” and pledged to condemn it”in the strongest possible terms” after getting to a letter expressing concerns over abuses in Xinjiang by a bunch of about 30 French MPs, according to a report from the information outlet EURACTIV.

“These practices are unacceptable since they run counter to the international principles enshrined in international human rights conventions, and we condemn them in the strongest possible terms,” Macron stated, adding that France will”remain completely mobilized about the problem of the Uyghurs.”

And in early September, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s five-nation tour of Europe was dogged by criticism of Xinjiang and other problems which have strained Beijing’s ties with Washington.

In Wang’s last stop, at Berlin, German counterpart Heiko Maas encouraged China to let a UN mission to research the internment camps holding Uyghurs from the XUAR.

Forced labour feelings

In Washington, the Trump administration announced new habits activities Monday to block imports of Chinese goods considered to be made with forced labour, such as cotton, clothing, computer components, and hair goods.

The Withhold Release Orders, steps meant to prevent products supposed to have been produced with forced labour from entering the USA, also covered”all goods made out of labour in the Lop County No. 4 Vocational Skills Education Center at Xinjiang” because of proof that the center contracts prison labour to local producers, the Department of Homeland Security stated.

“By taking this action, DHS is fighting illegal and inhumane forced labour, a kind of contemporary slavery, used to create products that the Chinese authorities subsequently attempts to import in america. When China tries to import these products into our distribution chains, in addition, it reverses American employees and companies,” said behaving DHS Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli.

“The collection of activities CBP [U.S. Customs and Border Protection] has obtained against imports from China shows the pervasive use of unethical and inhumane labour conditions in China, and CBP won’t turn a blind eye,” said Brenda Smith, executive assistant commissioner of CBP’s Office of Trade.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated Monday the WROs would be the newest example of the USA leading the world”in calling attention to the Chinese Communist Party’s egregious human rights abuses in Xinjiang.

“These orders demonstrate the world won’t stand for the PRC’s human rights abuses against Uyghurs and members of other Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang, including subjecting people to forced labour and stripping them of the liberty and bureau to choose where and how they operate,” Pompeo explained.

By Germany, World Uyghur Congress President Dolkun Isa explained the new habits steps”will send a powerful message to Beijing that China’s continued usage of Uyghur driven labour is unacceptable and has to stop.”

He told RFA’s Uyghur Service the WUC”recommends the European Union, which will be holding a summit with China over honest trade, to adhere to the lawsuit and finish China’s treatment of Uyghurs as modern day slaves”

Reporting from Alim Seytoff.


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