URAP AND HRAG SUBMIT SANCTIONS RECOMMENDATIONS AFTER RESEARCH REVEALS COMPANIES IMPLICATED IN UYGHUR FORCED LABOUR IN SEAFOOD INDUSTRY

On December 7, the Uyghur Rights Advocacy Project (URAP) and Human Rights Action Group formally submitted a recommendation for the implementation of targeted sanctions on seven Chinese entities connected to Canadian importers who are continuously benefiting from the products made by the use of Uyghur forced labour in the seafood industry.
The recommended names are Yantai Sanko Fisheries, Yantai Longwin Food, The Chishan Group, Shandong Meijia Group, Qingdao Tianyuan Aquatic Products, The Rongsense Group and Xinjiang Zhongtai Zhihui Modern Service Co. Ltd., to be sanctioned for their use of Uyghur forced labour and participation in gross and systematic human rights violations against Uyghurs in China.
The submission is based fully on the groundbreaking and extensive research by The Outlaw Ocean Project, finding grave scope and severity of Uyghur forced labour in the seafood industry.
Millions of Uyghurs have been relocated through labour transfers, many of whom are forced to work in seafood processing facilities. Labor transfers are an integral part of the systematic plan of detention, torture, surveillance, enslavement and persecution of Uyghurs.
By adding these seven Chinese entities to the sanctions list under the Special Economic Measures (People’s Republic of China) Regulations, the government of Canada would be sending a strong signal to Canadian importers, to the People’s Republic of China, and to the seven Chinese entities that products made using Uyghur forced labour will not be tolerated and will not be permitted to enter the Canadian market. It would also prohibit Canadians anywhere in the world from having various dealings with the sanctioned entities, with penalties of fines, jail time, or both.
URAP Executive Director, Mehmet Tohti says, “Canada must take decisive action to combat these international human rights violations; or else Canada will effectively be a dumping ground for products made with the use of Uyghur forced labour.”
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09/12/2023
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