PETITION FILED SEEKING A WITHOLD RELEASE ORDER ON ALL COTTON GOODS LINKED TO XINJANG REGION
September 2, 2020
(GDLSK) On August 31, 2020, the Uighur Human Rights Project filed a petition with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”) seeking the issuance of a withhold release order (“WRO”) on all cotton-made goods linked to the Xinjiang region of China based on purported evidence of widespread forced labor associated with such goods. (https://drive.google.com/file/d/1jphCR6KMvzh-4Iw58eTkk57ZhZbVkU1M/view). The issuance of a WRO creates a process by which affected goods may be detained, excluded or even seized.
The issue of alleged forced labor practices, particularly directed at Uighur and other minorities in the Xinjiang region of China, has been the subject of much attention on several fronts including the media, public interest groups, industry, Congress and the administration. While various commodities have come under scrutiny, extra attention has been drawn to textiles and clothing. Press reports maintain that China is the world’s biggest supplier of cotton products and that 84% of the country’s cotton output is sourced from Xinjiang.
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