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In this June 5, 2019, photo, residents of the Hui Muslim ethnic minority walk in a neighborhood near an OFILM factory in Nanchang in eastern China's Jiangxi province. The Associated Press has found that OFILM, a supplier of major multinational companies, employs Uighurs, an ethnic Turkic minority, under highly restrictive conditions, including not letting them leave the factory compound without a chaperone, worship, or wear headscarves. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

US report finds widespread forced Uighur labor in China

Mar. 11, 2020 10:55 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. lawmakers pushed Wednesday for a ban on imports from a vast area of northwestern China because of the widespread use of forced labor in a region where the communist government has detained more than a million people in a campaign against ethnic minorities. The U.S. already bans...

Congress seeks to ban Uighur-made imports

Mar. 11, 2020 5:33 PM EDT

A bipartisan Congressional commission said Wednesday that China is forcing Uighurs and other minorities to work against their will in detention centers and factories in Xinjiang in the far West, and called for a halt of U.S. imports from the entire region. The newly introduced Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act...

FILE- In this Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, file photo, female workers sort shrimp at a seafood market in Mahachai, Thailand. A report issued Tuesday by the U.N.'s International Labor Organization credits Thailand with improving working conditions in the fishing and seafood processing industry, but says that serious labor abuses remain. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)

ILO says working conditions improve in Thai seafood sector

Mar. 10, 2020 7:47 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — A report issued Tuesday by the U.N.'s International Labor Organization credits Thailand with improving working conditions in the fishing and seafood processing industry, but says that serious abuses including forced labor remain. The report is a follow-up to one published in 2018, and...

Del. Delores McQuinn, D-Richmond, right, gives an impassioned speech for passage of HB 1537, her bill that would allow the removal, relocation or altering memorials to war veterans, during the floor session of the Virginia House of Delegates inside the State Capitol in Richmond, VA Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. The bill passed, 53-46. Looking on are, from left, Del. Jeff Bourne, D-Richmond, Del. Rip Sullivan, D-Fairfax and Del. Kathleen Murphy, D-Fairfax. (Bob Brown/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

Lawmakers pass bill allowing Confederate monument removals

Mar. 8, 2020 11:39 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Some of Virginia's scores of Confederate monuments could soon be removed under legislation state lawmakers approved Sunday. The Democratic-led House and Senate passed measures that would undo an existing state law that protects the monuments and instead let local governments decide...

In this June 5, 2019, photo, residents of the Hui Muslim ethnic minority walk in a neighborhood near an OFILM factory in Nanchang in eastern China's Jiangxi province. The Associated Press has found that OFILM, a supplier of major multinational companies, employs Uighurs, an ethnic Turkic minority, under highly restrictive conditions, including not letting them leave the factory compound without a chaperone, worship, or wear headscarves. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Gadgets for tech giants made with coerced Uighur labor

Mar. 7, 2020 12:03 AM EST

NANCHANG, China (AP) — In a lively Muslim quarter of Nanchang city, a sprawling Chinese factory turns out computer screens, cameras and fingerprint scanners for a supplier to international tech giants such as Apple and Lenovo. Throughout the neighborhood, women in headscarves stroll through the streets,...

In this June 5, 2019, photo, residents of the Hui Muslim ethnic minority walk in a neighborhood near an OFILM factory in Nanchang in eastern China's Jiangxi province. The Associated Press has found that OFILM, a supplier of major multinational companies, employs Uighurs, an ethnic Turkic minority, under highly restrictive conditions, including not letting them leave the factory compound without a chaperone, worship, or wear headscarves. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

China-made phones, tablets tainted by coerced Uighur labor

Mar. 5, 2020 10:04 AM EST

NANCHANG, China (AP) — In a lively Muslim quarter of Nanchang city, a sprawling Chinese factory turns out computer screens, cameras and fingerprint scanners for a supplier to international tech giants such as Apple and Lenovo. Throughout the neighborhood, women in headscarves stroll through the streets,...

Rights group: Lacoste gloves made in Chinese internment camp

Mar. 3, 2020 8:51 AM EST

Gloves made in China for the popular French brand Lacoste appear to have been sewn inside a factory where ethnic minorities face forced ideological and behavioral re-education, according to a U.S.-based labor rights group. Lacoste, known for its iconic little green crocodile logo, says it halted shipments after...

Tulane removes 'Victory Bell' after learning of its history

Feb. 29, 2020 2:33 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The history behind a bell that stood in front of Tulane University's McAlister Auditorium has prompted university officials to remove it. In a letter emailed to the Tulane community, President Mike Fitts and Board Chairman Doug Hertz said they were informed last week that the...

2 California ministry members plead in forced labor case

Feb. 27, 2020 11:18 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — Two members of a Southern California-based ministry that allegedly forced homeless people and drug addicts to panhandle, stole their welfare benefits and held them against their will pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges. Jose Gaytan and Sonia Murillo entered pleas to conspiracy to...

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 1944 file photo, U.S. soldiers walk by a bombed out cemetery in Agana, Guam. The 1941 Japanese invasion of Guam, which happened on the same December day as the attack on Hawaii's Pearl Harbor, set off years of forced labor, internment, torture, rape and beheadings.  Now, more than 75 years later, thousands of people on Guam, a U.S. territory, are expecting to get long-awaited compensation for their suffering at the hands of imperial Japan during World War II. (AP Photo/Joe Rosenthal, File)

Guam residents compensated for war atrocities decades later

Feb. 27, 2020 5:29 PM EST

HAGATÑA, Guam (AP) — For Antonina Palomo Cross, Japan's occupation of Guam started with terror at church. The then-7-year-old was attending Catholic services with her family when the 1941 invasion began, setting off bomb blasts, sirens and screams. It ended with her family surrendering their home and...