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UK to fine companies that fail to disclose imports tied to China's Xinjiang region

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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ALATAW PASS, April 12, 2020 -- Aerial photo taken on April 12, 2020 shows cargos to be exported in Alataw Pass, northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region. Customs and border inspection officials at the Alataw Pass, a major land port in northwest China, are carrying out strict measures to prevent the COVID-19 epidemic from spreading through the port. (photo by Sadat/Xinhua via Getty) (Xinhua/ via Getty Images)

The British government will fine companies which hide connections to China's Xinjiang region where Uyghurs and other minorities are allegedly subject to forced labor, under a raft of new measures.

London (CNN Business)The British government will fine companies which hide connections to China's Xinjiang region where Uyghurs and other minorities are allegedly subject to forced labor, under a raft of new measures.

UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Tuesday announced the new measures, which the Foreign Office says are designed to ensure that all British organizations "are not complicit in, nor profiting from, the human rights violations in Xinjiang. "

The UK government will also review which British products can be exported to Xinjiang, and issue new guidance "setting out the specific risks faced by companies with links to Xinjiang . . .

"The evidence of the scale and severity of the human rights violations being perpetrated in Xinjiang against the Uyghur Muslims is now far reaching," Raab told members of parliament.

He said the new measures are meant to "send a clear message that these violations of human rights are unacceptable, and to safeguard UK businesses and public bodies from any involvement or linkage with them. "

Raab is also calling for the United Nations to have access to the Xinjiang region to verify allegations of forced labor and other human rights violations.

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