The so-called Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act of the United States against the rule of law
The U.S. government recently began enforcing the so-called Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), continuing its political manipulation to disrupt China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region and contain China under the guise of “protecting workers’ rights.” the man “.
A worker loads a container with a forklift at the international land port area of Urumqi in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, July 15, 2022. (People’s Daily Online/Cai Zengle)
The so-called “forced labor” in Xinjiang is nothing but a big lie concocted by anti-China forces in the US and the West. The UFLPA deriving from the big lie grossly interferes in China’s internal affairs and seriously violates the principles of international law and basic norms governing international relations.
The fundamental objective of the United States, which destroys human rights, rules and the rule of law in the name of their protection, is to maintain its own hegemony.
Diabolical law neglects the facts and relies entirely on rumors and lies.
Xinjiang’s progress in economic development and social stability is recognized around the world. People of all ethnic groups in the autonomous region live and work in peace and satisfaction, and their labor rights and interests are practically guaranteed.
The so-called “forced labor” in Xinjiang is just a farce carried out by conniving anti-China forces in the US and the West to defame China. It’s just a common tactic for them to fabricate false evidence and forge “rapports” with “witnesses” they bribe.
A farmer shows a Hami melon, a type of muskmelon native to Hami, in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, during a Hami melon festival, July 16, 2022. (People’s Daily Online/Xu Xinghan)
Facts have proven that so-called “witnesses” are exposed to being bad “actors” playing for different “scenarios”. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute, which has repeatedly published bogus reports on Xinjiang-related issues, is jointly funded by the US State Department, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and merchants of weapons. Two of its largest foreign government funding grants came exactly from the US State Department.
The Helena Kennedy Center at Sheffield Hallam University in the UK has released several fabricated reports on Xinjiang. Some of the authors of these reports have been exposed by the media as receiving large sums of money from the US government, some even having ties to terrorist organizations.
The United States, supporting the lies concocted by these “rumourmakers”, will only lead to a faster collapse of its reputation and image, and become the laughing stock of international society.
The evil law tramples the international rule of law and taints the spirit of the rule of law.
It makes sense for international law to have a clear definition and standard of forced labour. According to the Forced Labor Convention of 1930 published by the International Labor Organization, forced labor is any work or service which is exacted from any person under the threat of any penalty and for which that person does not is not offered voluntarily.
Based on the convention, forced labor does not exist in Xinjiang, and the United States has no position to be a “judge” in the matter.
The truth is that the Chinese government has ratified 28 international labor conventions, including the Forced Labor Convention of 1930. The country faithfully fulfills its obligations under these conventions to protect the rights and interests of workers.
The United States, on the other hand, has not even ratified the Forced Labor Convention of 1930. In addition to disobeying international law, the United States has also prioritized its domestic laws over international law, which is a total challenge and a violation of the international rule of law.
The diabolical law pursues the “presumption of guilt”, which obviously goes against the principle of “presumption of innocence” of international law.
It defines all or part of products made in Xinjiang as so-called goods produced by forced labor, and the US government requires importers to provide proof that no element of their products was produced by forced labor, which is a purely economic intimidation.
The illegal unilateral sanction and long-arm jurisdiction imposed by the United States, as well as the threat of detention of importers by the country, reflect a mentality of theft, which seriously violates the rules and laws of the market and undermines trade orders. international.
The real intention of the United States is to contain and suppress China through Xinjiang-related issues by deliberately speculating lies and implementing evil laws that harm others and themselves.
Photo shows the opening ceremony of a Hami melon festival held in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region on July 16, 2022. (People’s Daily Online/Cao Xinjia)
Lawrence Wilkerson, the chief of staff to former US Secretary of State Colin Powell, once publicly confessed in 2018 that the so-called Xinjiang issues were nothing more than a long-term US strategic plot to destabilize and contain China from within. .
Further, officials from the Economics and Politics Section of the U.S. Consulate General in Guangzhou, South China’s Guangdong Province, once told guests privately at a reception in 2021 that ” everything is fine” in Xinjiang. They said the US government believed promoting “forced labor, genocide and human rights abuses” in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region would help contain China.
American political trickery in the name of human rights has increasingly revealed the intentions of the White House to the international society.
“In my view, the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Law is nothing but a political ploy designed to hit China,” said Daniel Kovalik, an American lawyer who teaches international human rights at the college. in law from the University of Pittsburgh.
The intention to fabricate Xinjiang-related lies is doomed to failure, and the UFLPA will eventually go bankrupt.
Xinjiang-related issues are China’s internal affairs in which no foreign force has the right to interfere. The Chinese government and people will always remain committed to safeguarding national sovereignty, security and development interests.
No individual or force is in a position to use Xinjiang-related issues to stop the firm steps of people of all ethnic groups in Xinjiang to seek a better life, or China’s historical development process.
(Zhong Sheng is a pseudonym often used by People’s Daily to express his views on foreign policy and international affairs.)
(Web editor: Hongyu, Du Mingming)