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China’s Xinjiang Uses Forced Labor in Materials, Report Says

  • Flooring, plastic pipes tainted by worker issues, says report
  • US law bans such goods made in remote region from June 21
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Chinese building materials manufacturers are participating in forced labor programs in Xinjiang, according to a report published days before the US bans such goods from the remote western region.   

Seven major polyvinyl chloride factories in Xinjiang use “transferred laborers,” according to the report by the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice at Sheffield Hallam University. The programs are considered coercive because minority citizens, such as the majority Muslim Uyghurs, “are not allowed to refuse,” it added.