Chinese tomato from Xinjiang arrives, Italian farmers protest

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May 31, 2024 | Decode39

The controversy. Ninety per cent of the tomato paste exported from China comes from fields in the Xinjiang region. According to various human rights associations, tomatoes are grown with forced labour from Uyghurs.

  • Italy imported 85 million kilograms of Chinese processed tomatoes last year, as reported by Coldiretti.
  • Several governments, including the United States, claim that a genocide against Uyghurs is taking place in Xinjiang by the authorities of the PRC.
  • Last month, two NGOs, the Uyghur Human Rights Project (UHRP) and the Uyghur American Association and Safeguard Defenders, jointly wrote a letter to the Italian government expressing concern about the cargo.

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