Europe can no longer ignore human rights abuses against the Uyghurs in its dealings with China

Uyghurs and Tibetans demonstrate in London, Oct 2020. Photo: RFA

By Eli Hadzhieva
Oct 16, 2020

As plans were revealed that China stepped up its investments in Italy, including the building of new ports in Venice and Trieste as part of its Belt and Road Initiative, activists accuse European governments and companies with being complicit to China’s ethnic cleansing policies against its Uyghur population, highlighting China’s increasing use of forced labour in detention camps in the Xinjiang region.

The region is a major source for Chinese petrochemicals, agriculture, textiles, and cotton, accounting for more than 80% of Chinese cotton production. The Forced Labour Prevention Act was passed in the US on September 22 to ban imports from China’s Xinjiang autonomous region suspected to be produced through the use of forced labor among China’s ethnic minorities.

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