London (CNN Business) The British government will fine companies which hide connections to China's Xinjiang region where Uyghurs and other minorities are allegedly subject to forced labor, under a raft of new measures.
UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab on Tuesday announced the new measures, which the Foreign Office says are designed to ensure that all British organizations "are not complicit in, nor profiting from, the human rights violations in Xinjiang."
The UK government will also review which British products can be exported to Xinjiang, and issue new guidance "setting out the specific risks faced by companies with links to Xinjiang ... underlining the challenges of effective due diligence there."
The US State Department estimates that up to two million Uyghurs , as well as members of other Muslim minority groups, have been detained in a sprawling network of internment camps in Xinjiang.
Beijing has long defended the crackdown in Xinjiang as necessary to tackle extremism and terrorism, and has claimed that its facilities are voluntary "training centers" where people learn vocational skills, Chinese language and laws.
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