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Uyghurs: China

Question for Department for International Trade

UIN HL7967, tabled on 9 September 2020

To ask Her Majesty's Government what steps they are taking to prevent the import of items manufactured in factories which use forced labour of Uyghurs in China.

Answered on

23 September 2020

HM Government have serious concerns about the human rights situation in Xinjiang, with credible reports of the use of forced labour. It has always been the case that, where we have concerns, we raise them, as we did on this issue at the UN Human Rights Council in March. We will continue to monitor the situation closely.

HM Government is committed to eliminating modern slavery. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 made Britain the first country in the world to require businesses to report on how they are tackling modern slavery, including forced labour, in their operations and supply chains. Section 54 of the Act was designed to empower consumers, investors, civil society and others to scrutinise the action that businesses are taking to identify and address modern slavery in their operations and supply chains.