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EU Doesn’t Single Out China in Planned Ban on Forced Labor Goods

  • European commission proposes plan for broad prohibition
  • Proposal doesn’t specify Uyghurs, unlike last year’s US law

The European Union wants to ban products made with forced labor in a broad proposal meant to address China’s alleged abuse of Uyghur labor, although the bloc would stop short of singling out goods from the region of Xinjiang.

The proposed Forced Labor Products Ban, from the European Commission, covers goods imported from third countries as well as those made within the EU. The bloc’s executive cited statistics from the United Nations’ International Labor Organization that an estimated 27.6 million people work in forced labor.