US Visa and Trade Sanctions on Labor-Rights Violators: Blinken
Referring to Bangladeshi garment worker and leader Kalpana Akhter, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said that they will go wherever the rights of workers like Kalpana Akhter are violated and the United States will impose sanctions, visa restrictions and trade sanctions against those who violate the rights of workers.
Earlier on Thursday (November 16), US President Joe Biden issued a new memorandum on the rights of workers worldwide and improving their standards. US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken made this comment while discussing the memorandum after its release.
He said, through this memorandum, the United States has recognized the protection of workers' rights as an important part of its national security and foreign policy.
Blinken said this is not just an internal issue. It is a matter of national security for us, a matter of foreign policy.'
He said, 'We will join with the government, workers, workers' organizations, trade unions, individuals in society and the private sector to protect globally recognized labor rights. Which means all our ambassadors, all workers working in embassies will be associated with labor and labor unions.
He also said, 'Those who threaten trade union leaders, labor rights activists, labor organizations will be held accountable and punished. For this we will impose all kinds of sanctions, trade penalties, visa bans. We will go to people like Bangladeshi garment worker Kalpana Akhter.
At the end of the speech, he also commented that he will not import any products from places where ordinary people are forced to do forced labor.