The possibility of a ban by the EU for goods from China that may have been made or sourced from forced labor has been welcomed by a leading human right group. was speaking at a conference held at Press Club Brussels.
According to the European Commission, the ban was imposed in response to growing concerns about China’s rights violations.
Critics of Beijing’s regime argue that companies doing business with China in Europe and elsewhere should be punished. They also need to ban goods made from alleged forced labor.
This issue was prompted by the recent plight of Uyghurs in China, who are allegedly being persecuted by the Chinese authorities.
The Brussels Press Club debated these and other issues on Friday.
Ben Rogers, the founder of Hong Kong Watch (a non-governmental organization based in the UK) was the Keynote Speaker. He was there to discuss the state of Hong Kong’s human rights, freedoms, and rule of law.
He spoke via a link from London and said that “This is an extremely important topic, and I warmly accept the EU proposal for a possible ban on goods.”
“The US has already taken this step to ban imports of forced labour. I urge the EU to follow suit.
“The Uyghurs’ plight is being recognized. This issue is being seriously considered. The Uyghurs are just one aspect of China’s current human rights crisis.
“We’ve seen Beijing do to Hong Kong, removing its freedoms and autonomy. There is also Tibet and persecution of Christians. This is why I support the EU proposal.
Rogers also condemned “shocking support” for China by the majority of Muslim nations.
He stated that although coverage of the issue isn’t as high as it should, it is being covered more than ever. However, the issue is also higher up on the media agenda.
He said, “Yes, media should do more to expose it but this coverage was an important factor in pushing the issue higher up the agenda than before.”
We live in a society that wants things to be as quick and cheap as possible, but there is growing awareness of the problem. This is becoming more and more apparent, but not fast enough. It is important to provide information so that people can make informed decisions and diversify their sourcing of components and goods for consumer products, and not just rely on China.
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