Thursday, March 4, 2021
Mar 10, 2021 10:30 AM Eastern
Please join the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for a virtual hearing about the ways in which U.S. companies and other entities facilitate the persecution of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in China through forced labor and other practices that undermine international human rights standards in that country.
Since 2017, the Chinese government has detained millions of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in internment camps across the Uyghur region, also known as Xinjiang. As part of its repression of these Muslim minorities, Chinese authorities have subjected them to forced labor in these camps, as well as in prisons, factories, and industrial parks. U.S. companies with supply chains in China—particularly those in the apparel, footwear, and other related industries—are inevitably entangled in Uyghur forced labor and therefore must take steps urgently to address this growing problem. This issue has become especially acute following the U.S. government’s formal determination of the atrocities in Xinjiang as “genocide.”
Witnesses will discuss the magnitude and complexity of the issues surrounding Uyghur forced labor and provide policy recommendations to the U.S. government.
• Gayle Manchin, Chair, USCIRF
• Gary Bauer, Commissioner, USCIRF
• Nury Turkel, Commissioner, USCIRF
• Scott Nova, Executive Director, Worker Rights Consortium
• Adrian Zenz, Senior Fellow in China Studies, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
• Olivia Enos, Senior Policy Analyst, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation