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A Religious Minority Enslaved: Addressing the Complicity of U.S. Companies in Uyghur Forced Labor

March 10 at 10:30 am - 12:00 pm EST

Please join the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for a virtual hearing about ways in which U.S. companies facilitate the persecution of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in China through forced labor and other practices that undermine international human rights standards in that country.

Since 2017, the Chinese government has detained millions of Uyghurs and other Turkic Muslims in internment camps across the Uyghur region, also known as Xinjiang. As part of its repression of Muslim minorities, Chinese authorities have subjected them to forced labor in these camps, as well as in prisons, factories, and industrial parks. U.S. companies with supply chains in China for consumer goods—particularly those in the apparel, footwear, and other related industries—are inevitably complicit in Uyghur forced labor and therefore must take steps urgently to address this growing problem. This issue has become especially pressing following the U.S. Department of State’s determination that the atrocities in Xinjiang constitute genocide and crimes against humanity.

Witnesses will discuss the magnitude and complexity of the issues surrounding Uyghur forced labor and provide policy recommendations to the U.S. government.

Opening Remarks

  • Senator Marco Rubio, R-FL
  • Gayle Manchin, Chair, USCIRF
  • Gary Bauer, Commissioner, USCIRF
  • Nury Turkel, Commissioner, USCIRF


  • Louisa Greve, Director of Global Advocacy, Uyghur Human Rights Project
  • Scott Nova, Executive Director, Worker Rights Consortium
  • Adrian Zenz, Senior Fellow in China Studies, Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
  • Olivia Enos, Senior Policy Analyst, Asian Studies Center, The Heritage Foundation


Witnesses’ Bios


This hearing is open to Members of Congress, congressional staff, the public, and the media. Members of the media should register online and can email media@uscirf.gov for any questions or to schedule an interview. The video recording of the hearing will be posted on the Commission website. For any additional questions, please contact Jamie Staley at JStaley@uscirf.gov or (202) 279-0274.