US clothing company cuts ties with Chinese factory in Muslim internment camp

Chris Baynes
2019-01-10

An American sportswear supplier has cut ties with a Chinese company that sourced forced labour from an internment camp where Muslims have allegedly suffered “grave” human rights violations.

Badger Sportswear, which sells kits and athletics gear to university teams, said it would no longer import any products from northwestern China “given the controversy” about Beijing’s treatment of ethnic minority Uighurs and Kazakhs.

The firm suspended shipments from Hetian Taida Apparel in December after an Associated Press investigation found the Chinese manufacturer was operating a factory inside one of the re-education camps in Xinjiang, where millions of Muslims have been detained.

Former internees have described being forced to renounce Islam and pledge allegiance to the Chinese Community Party in the heavily guarded facilities. Some have alleged they were tortured.

The Chinese government has also been forcing detainees to work in manufacturing and food industries, either inside the camps or at privately owned, state-subsidised factories where they are sent after release.

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