Uyghur forced labor bill heads to Biden’s desk after unanimous House, Senate votes

Although parts of the US business community are reported to have lobbied against the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, the US-China Business Council (USCBC) said its members are already addressing forced labor. “USCBC members have extensive prohibitions on the use of forced labor in their operations and by their suppliers. Forced labor violates basic respect for human rights, and it puts anti-competitive pressure on companies paying a living wage to their employees elsewhere in the world,” said Doug Barry, the Washington-based group’s senior director of communications and publications. “Responsible sourcing is a fundamental business priority, an expectation of our members’ customers, and a core principle that guides their operations,” he told RFA’s Uyghur Service in an e-mailed statement.