Coalition Brings Pressure to End Forced Uighur Labor

Uyghurs picking cotton in Xinjiang, China. Roughly one in five cotton garments sold globally contains cotton or yarn from the region.Credit...

By Elizabeth Paton and Austin Ramzy
July 23, 2020

On Thursday, more than 190 organizations spanning 36 countries issued a call to action, seeking formal commitments from clothing brands to cut all ties with suppliers implicated in Uighur forced labor and to end all sourcing from the Xinjiang region of China in the next twelve months.

Roughly one in five cotton garments sold globally contains cotton or yarn from the Xinjiang region in northwestern China. There, authorities have used coercive labor programs and mass internment to remold as many as one million Uighurs, Kazakhs and other largely Muslim minorities into model workers obedient to the Communist Party. Camp inmates are forced to undergo job training, and some then take factory positions at little or no pay.

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