End Forced Labour in Uyghur Region, China

End Forced Labour in Uyghur Region, China

The clothes factory was no different from the [internment] camp. There were police, cameras, you couldn’t go anywhere.

The Chinese government has rounded up an estimated 1 to 1.8 million Uyghurs and other Turkic and Muslim people in detention and forced-labour camps, the largest interment of an ethnic and religious minority since World War II. The atrocities in the Uyghur Region – including torture, forced separation of families, and the compulsory sterilisation of Uyghur women – are widely recognised to be crimes against humanity. A central element of the government’s strategy to dominate the Uyghur people is a vast system of forced labour, affecting factories and farms across the region and China, both inside and beyond the internment camps.

Brands continue to source millions of tons of cotton and yarn from the Uyghur Region. Roughly 1 in 5 cotton garments sold globally contains cotton and/or yarn from the Uyghur Region; it is virtually certain that many of these goods are tainted with forced labour. They included A&F, Adidas, Amazon, Badger Sport, C&A, Calvin Klein, Carter's Cerruti 1881, Costco Cotton On, Dangerfield, Esprit, Fila, GAP, H&M, Hart Schaffner Marx, Ikea, Jack & Jones, Jeanswest, L.L.Bean, Lacoste, Li-Ning, Mayor, Muji, Nike, Patagonia, Polo Palph Lauren, Puma, Skechers, Summit Resource International, Target Australia, The North Face, Tommy Hilfiger, Uniqlo, Victoria's Secret, Woolworths, Zara, Zegna
For apparel brands and retailers that have not yet made the commitment to take the necessary steps to cut the Uyghur Region out of their supply chains. The End Uyghur Forced Labour Coalition maintain that the only way companies can be sure they aren’t selling clothes and textiles made with Uyghur forced labour – and to ensure that they are not extending the risk of complicity to their consumers – is to take all the steps laid out in the Call to Action.


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