Congresswoman Elaine Luria Supports Passage of Uyghur Forced Labor Disclosure Act

October 2, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. - This week, Congresswoman Elaine Luria supported passage of the Uyghur Forced Labor Disclosure Act of 2020 (H.R. 6270). This bill will increase transparency into how companies are profiting off forced labor in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR).
“Companies that profit from the enslavement of Uyghur Muslims in China must be held accountable,” said Congresswoman Luria. “I condemn China’s treatment of the Uyghur Muslim minority and urge the global community to come together and disincentivize China’s violations of their human rights.”

"The Chinese government’s horrific persecution of Uyghurs, including the extensive use of forced labor, has reached the supply chains of some of the most recognizable global brands,” said Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton. "Most Americans would be shocked to learn that the products they use every day – from the phone in their hand to the shirt on their back – were likely produced in part with forced labor. Today the House of Representatives sent a strong message that we are watching and complicity in human rights abuses will not be tolerated.”

The Uyghur Forced Labor Disclosure Act would require U.S.-traded companies that do business in the XUAR to review and disclose information about their supply chains, including whether goods are made in or sourced from internment camps or factories implicated in forced labor practices. Companies importing goods produced via forced labor would additionally be required to disclose the nature and extent to which forced labor was related to the product, what the gross revenue and net profits attributable to those goods were, and whether the company intends to continue the importation of those goods.

Importing products made wholly or in part from forced or prison labor is against U.S. law and international human rights standards. Audits and due diligence efforts to ensure clean supply chains are nearly impossible because of government surveillance and the pervasiveness of forced labor in the regional economy. 

Congresswoman Elaine Luria represents Virginia’s 2nd Congressional District. She serves on the House Armed Services Committee, where she is the Vice Chair of the Seapower and Projection Forces Subcommittee, and the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, where she serves as Chair of the Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Subcommittee.