Nike, Coca-Cola, others reportedly lobbying against Uighur Chinese labor bill

Nike and Coca-Cola are among a number of companies seeking to water down a bill that would ban imports from a region of China where products are made through forced labor by minority Muslim groups being held in detention camps, according to a report.

The bill, called the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act, would forbid the import of a variety of materials from the Xinjiang region of China, in an effort to crack down on human rights abuses, the New York Times reported on Sunday.

It passed the House in September by a 406-3 vote and has enough support to pass the Senate.

Xinjian produces materials like cotton, sugar, coal and tomatoes and also supplies workers for Chinese clothing factories.

Lobbyists trying to weaken the bill say they condemn the use of forced labor and the acts of cruelty on groups like the Uighurs in Xinjiang but that the legislation could seriously disrupt supply chains in China.

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China released a report in March that listed a number of companies with suspected ties to forced labor, including Nike, Coca-Cola, Adidas, Calvin Klein, Campbell Soup Company, Costco, H&M, Patagonia and Tommy Hilfiger.

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