Labor Rights

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GOP Senators Send Letter to U.S. International Development Finance Corporation on Solar Panels and Forced Labor

On November 4, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Rick Scott (R-FL), Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Ben Sasse (R-NE), and Jerry Moran (R-KS) sent a letter to Acting Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC) Dev Jagadesan asking whether the DFC "is unwittingly

Chinese Solar Panel Maker Responds To Reports of Blocked Shipments

Tensions continue over allegations of the use of forced labor in Chinese solar panel production and blocked shipments to the United States as a result. U.S. Customs officials have been looking into this issue closely in recent months, and news reports have added another Chinese company into the mix.

Members of Congress Press U.S. Customs on Cotton Imports Tied to Forced Labor

Yesterday, U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Jeff Merkley (D-OR) and Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Chris Smith (R-NJ), who are all part of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), sent a letter to Acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Troy Miller "seeking information on whether

Hong Kong Textile Company Fights Inclusion on "Entity List"

A Hong Kong textile company has gone to U.S. court to challenge its inclusion on the "Entity List" maintained by the U.S. Department of Commerce. While its request for a preliminary injunction was recently rejected by a U.S. judge, the company's complaint will continue as it protests

OECD Ministerial Meeting Brings Emphasis to Labor Rights and Non-Market Economy Issues

On October 6, the OECD Ministers issued the 2021 Ministerial Council statement at the Ministerial Council Meeting (MCM). This years’ MCM had a theme of “Shared Values: Building a Green and Inclusive Future”. Not surprisingly, the statement emphasized “shared values” which would shape the way new challenges are addressed. It

Imports of Chinese Solar Company's Products Held Up By U.S. Customs Due To Labor Rights Concerns

As we reported a couple months ago, U.S. Customs and Border Patrol has been blocking shipments of some imports of solar products on the basis of ties to forced labor in China. Some details have emerged for one company in particular, JinkoSolar. On June 24, the Department of Homeland

Kerry Meeting with Chinese Officials Discusses Climate Change Cooperation and U.S. Import Restrictions on Solar Products

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry was in China last week to meet with Chinese officials on issues related to climate change, in advance of the November UN climate conference. The meetings did not make much progress in this area, however, and China took the opportunity to criticize U.S.
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