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Harry Wu Urges Boycott of Products Made in Chinese Labor Camps

October 9, 1995

PARIS (AP) _ Harry Wu, the Chinese-American activist who spent 19 years in China’s labor camps, urged France on Monday to ban imports of products _ including tea and rubber boots _ made by Chinese prisoners.

``Millions of prisoners doing forced labor for 10 to 12 hours a day without pay, in 1,000 camps, including 12 in Tibet, allow China to export many goods at unbeatable prices,″ Wu told reporters at a news conference organized by the human rights group France Libertes.

Expelled from China in August after 66 days in detention, Wu exhibited a slew of items stamped ``Made in China″ _ including a flashlight, saws, hammers and a forklift. All were purchased in France.

He called on the French Parliament to draft legislation banning the import of goods manufactured by about 8 million prisoners working in Chinese labor camps.

They include artificial flowers, rubber boots, diesel motors, steel tubes and tea. Thirty-three percent of China’s tea production _ the world’s largest _ comes from labor camps, Wu said.

Wu moved to the United States in 1985 and became a citizen. In 1991, he returned to China and filmed the labor camps with a hidden camera. The abuses he uncovered were broadcast by several television stations.

He was arrested in China in June and accused of revealing state secrets.

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