US Bans Imports of Certain Products from Xinjiang Due to Forced Labor

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The United States has banned imports of cotton and tomato products from Xinjiang, China, amid concerns over forced labor, the US Customs and Border Protection said.

The agency said the ban “is based on information that reasonably indicates the use of labor by detainees or prisoners and situations of forced labor.”

The Customs and Border Protection Service said it had identified cases of debt bondage, travel restrictions, isolation, intimidation and threats, withholding wages, poor living and working conditions.

The State Department estimates that over one million Uyghurs, as well as members of other Muslim minorities, are being held in an extensive network of internment camps in Xinjiang.

Beijing denies allegations of mistreatment of workers.

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