U.S. sanctions Guinea, Mali, Ethiopia over rights

Ethiopian textiles could soon be among African exports caught up in a political storm.

The U.S. is set to hit three African countries with trade penalties over human rights violations and other concerns.

Guinea, Mali and Ethiopia will all be removed from an agreement that gives them duty-free access to the U.S.

That's according to a letter from U.S. President Joe Biden to Congress.

Biden says Ethiopia is guilty of "gross violations of internationally recognized human rights".

The letter says Guinea and Mali have failed to make progress towards establishing the rule of law and political pluralism.

Mali is also criticised for failures over human rights and workers' rights.

Now any disruption to trade could add to global supply headaches for Western firms.

Tommy Hilfiger parent firm PVH is among the companies to source textiles from Ethiopia.

Businesses in the country have warned that the new measures could cost jobs.

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