Uyghurs are facing eradication in China and major clothing brands are complicit

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October 12 ,2020 | The Independent | By Louisa Greve

China is implementing a top-down, systematic campaign to eradicate Uyghur identity, and eliminate Uyghurs as a distinct people, through mass internment, pervasive surveillance, and forced labour.

Clothing companies are forced to grapple with this horrific reality because China is the world’s second-largest producer of cotton. More than 80 percent of China’s cotton is grown in the Uyghur region, approaching 20 per cent of all global production. As a result, almost every major clothing brand and retailer sourcing cotton products from China is potentially implicated.

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