Statement by Ambassador Katherine Tai on the Passage of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act

December 16, 2021

WASHINGTON – United States Trade Representative Katherine Tai today released the following statement on passage by the United States Congress of the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act. The bill will now go to President Biden’s desk to be signed into law. 

“This bill represents our country’s commitment to protecting human dignity and leading the fight against forced labor. We have a moral and economic imperative to eliminate this practice from our global supply chains, including those that run through Xinjiang, China, and exploit Uyghurs and other ethnic and religious minorities.

“This fall in London, the G7 trade ministers released a Joint Statement affirming our belief that there is no place for forced labor in a rules-based multilateral trading system.  By passing this bill with strong, bipartisan support, the United States can set an example for the world to follow. 

“I am grateful to Congress for its leadership and look forward to continuing this necessary work with our trading partners and allies to ensure every worker is treated with respect and dignity – no matter where they live.”