The U.S. Should Do More to Tackle Forced Labor in Xinjiang

Uyghur from Hotan are forcefully transferred to China to work in factories

COMMENTARY BY Olivia Enos
Senior Policy Analyst, Asian Studies Center
Olivia specializes in human rights and national security challenges in Asia.
Mar 23rd, 2020

At least 80,000 Uighur Muslims in China were transferred out of Xinjiang to work in factories in other places in China where they may be subjected to forced labor or forced labor-like conditions, according to a new report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI).

Some of them are believed to be from China’s political re-education camps, which currently hold between 1 and 3 million Uighurs in extrajudicial detention.

It is widely known that Uighurs in camps are often forced to forsake their language in favor of Mandarin, are subjected to indoctrination and self-criticism sessions. Some even face torture, and, in rare instances, death.

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