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European Commission proposes banning forced labor goods


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European Commission proposes banning forced labor goods

European Commission proposes banning forced labor goods

China has been accused of using forced labor to produce many of the goods it exports, a charge it denies. 15.09.2022, Sputnik International

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The European Commission on Wednesday proposed a ban on the sale of forced labor products in the European Union. Although no countries are listed in the proposal, it is seen as a move to increase pressure on China, in addition to actions taken by the United States. This follows a call from the European Parliament to pass such a law after allegations of human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region. . China denies any abuses in the region. The United States banned the import of goods from Xinjiang in 2021. Under the proposal, member countries would be required to appoint “competent authorities” to determine whether the goods were created by forced labor and ban their sale in the country. The ban would apply to all levels of production, including the extraction and harvesting of raw materials and the production of components. Amendments to the proposal are expected before it is voted on. If passed, the proposal is unlikely to affect supply chains in any major way, but it could cause companies to take a closer look at where they source components and materials. The proposal cites the International Labor Organization, which indicates that more than 27.6 million people are used for forced labor worldwide. It also notes that approximately 15.1 million forced laborers reside in the Asia-Pacific region. However, it should be noted that American prison labor represents the production of $2 billion in goods per year, in addition to an additional $9 billion in services. Although it can be argued that some of it is not forced labor, as prisoners sometimes volunteer to work, 76% of prison workers report that they have been forced to work or that they are forced to work. face additional penalties, including solitary confinement. While the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibited slavery in the United States, it made an exception for those incarcerated after being convicted of a crime. It is unclear whether the proposal would affect assets created in the United States using prison labor. When questioned, a spokesperson for the European Commission referred Sputnik to a press backgrounder. Follow-up questions remained unanswered at press time.

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China has been accused of using forced labor to produce many of the goods it exports, a charge it denies.

The European Commission proposed a ban Wednesday on the sale of forced labor products in the European Union.

Although no countries are listed in the proposal, it is seen as a move to increase pressure on China, in addition to actions taken by the United States. This follows a call from the European Parliament to pass such a law after allegations of human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region.

China has been accused of abusing the largely Muslim Uighur minority in Xinjiang, with the United States accusing China of genocide in the region. China denies any abuses in the region. The United States banned the import of goods from Xinjiang in 2021.

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Under the proposal, member countries would be required to appoint “competent authorities” to determine whether products were created by forced labor and ban their sale in the country. The ban would apply to all levels of production, including the extraction and harvesting of raw materials and the production of components.

Amendments to the proposal are expected before it is voted on. If passed, the proposal is unlikely to affect supply chains in any major way, but it could cause companies to take a closer look at where they source components and materials.

The proposal cites the International Labor Organization, which indicates that more than 27.6 million people are used in forced labor worldwide. She also notes that approximately 15.1 million forced laborers reside in the Asia-Pacific region.
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However, it should be noted that work in American prisons represents the production of $2 billion in goods per year, in addition to an additional $9 billion in services. Although it can be argued that some of this is not forced labor, as prisoners sometimes volunteer to work, 76% of prison workers report that they have been forced to work or face additional penalties, including solitary confinement.

While the 13th Amendment to the United States Constitution prohibited slavery in the United States, it made an exception for those incarcerated after being convicted of a crime.

It is unclear whether the proposal would affect assets created in the United States using prison labor. When questioned, a spokesperson for the European Commission referred Sputnik to a press backgrounder. Follow-up questions remained unanswered at press time.



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