WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, today applauded Senate passage of H.R.6256, to ensure goods made with Uyghur forced labor in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region do not enter the United States. Earlier this year, the State Department issued a determination that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is committing crimes against humanity and genocide against Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang. Risch was an original co-sponsor to the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (S.65), the Senate companion to H.R.6256.
“This legislation is long overdue – it’s past time we hold the CCP accountable for its ongoing internment and oppression of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in China,” said Risch. “Our actions today show the world the United Sates is united in its efforts to combat crimes against humanity and systematic genocide. Companies and businesses in the United States should not participate, or profit, from goods made with forced labor in Xinjiang, and this legislation will help ensure those imports do not enter our marketplace.”