American Apparel and Footwear Association (AAFA) says, the US government alongwith its allies and stakeholders can end the terrible situation arising out of forced labor in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR). At a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee trade sub-committee, Steve Lamar, CEO urged US government to use tools at the country’s disposal properly. He urged them to use withhold release orders (WROs) and other sanctions tools to declare all cotton from the XUAR ‘in part or in whole’ as products made with forced labor. Such a WRO would wreak unending havoc to human rights, economic development, and legitimate supply chains—which are already battered by COVID-19—all over the world, he said.
Lamar said, the government needs to keep the pressure focused on those actors in China that are perpetuating this system. It needs to evaluate its joint efforts through the lens of what would help them get their end goal. He called for a partnership between te industry, NGOs, unions, Congress, the US government, and other governments to take a comprehensive approach to resolving the horrific situation in XUAR,