British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab announced in a speech to the House of Commons on Tuesday, Jan. 12 that British companies whose production chain is associated with the Chinese Communist Party’s abuses of the Uighur minority in Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region will be heavily fined, the Daily Mail reported.
“Evidence of the scale and severity of the human rights violations being perpetrated in Xinjiang against Uighur Muslims is now far reaching. And it paints a truly harrowing picture,” said Raab.
Raab described how the abundant evidence points to the use of forced labor, forced sterilization of women, arbitrary detention, and brainwashing programs aimed at eliminating Uighur culture.
Stemming support of slave labor
Thus, the British government will demand that companies meet certain requirements to prove that their production is not linked to the inhuman situation in the Xinjiang region.
Raab said, “Here in the UK we must take action to make sure that UK businesses are not part of the supply chains that lead to the gates of the internment camps in Xinjiang.”
He added, “And to make sure that the products of the human rights violations that take place in those camps don’t end up on the shelves of supermarkets that we shop in here at home, week in and week out.”
Company compliance or consequences
In addition to receiving significant fines, companies that fail to comply with this requirement will not be able to access the government’s lucrative contracts with the Chinese Communist Party CCP).
At the same time, the authorities will implement an intensive review process for all imports coming from Xinjiang.
“It is truly horrific. Barbarism we had hoped lost to another era, being practiced today as we speak in one of the leading members of the international community,” Raab said of the CCP.
American answer to human rights abuses
The Trump administration was the first to take similar action against the CCP, although President Trump went a little further by imposing sanctions on Xinjiang-based companies involved in slave labor, as well as government officials.
However, slave labor has been widely practiced by the CCP for decades, not only in Xinjiang but throughout China.
A history of abuse
In 1999, when former Party leader Jiang Zemin launched the genocidal campaign against Falun Gong practitioners, witnesses testified on the Minghui.org website that they were forced to produce large quantities of export products such as chopsticks, Christmas lights, stuffed animals, and more in the system that the CCP called “re-education through labor.”
Although Xi Jinping officially eliminated this system in 2012, many of these places changed their names to continue forcing thousands of prisoners of conscience to produce export products.
While the British government’s measures are welcome, the communist dictatorship in Beijing continues to feed off large Western corporations that continue to send their production to China despite the widespread evidence of human rights violations.