ERLC Urges President Biden to Prevent Slave-labor Imports

The Southern Baptist Convention’s religious freedom entity urged President Biden Friday (June 10) not to permit the introduction into the United States market of products likely made with slave labor by an ethnic minority targeted in a genocidal campaign by China’s Communist regime.

In a letter to Biden, Brent Leatherwood, acting president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission (ERLC), expressed his “profound concerns” that a new White House order could be used to allow into this country solar cells and modules produced in western China by the Uyghur people under forced-labor conditions. The order “poses concerning ramifications for the United States’ righteous efforts to remove forced labor from our supply chains,” Leatherwood wrote.

In another letter, on June 7 the ERLC called for congressional leaders to include in legislation a specific refugee category for Uyghurs and people living in Hong Kong, a special administrative region on China’s southern coast. Including Uyghurs and Hong Kong residents in the Priority 2 (P-2) classification – which is for groups of “special humanitarian concern” to this country — would speed up the process for these refugees, though the U.S. government’s vetting process would still apply to them.

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SOURCE: Baptist Press, Tom Strode