Uyghur survivor women and NGOs called on France to investigate the use of forced labor by Muslim minorities oppressed by China. A complaint that may mark the beginning of a long series.
NGOs and Uighur survivors filed a lawsuit in France on Friday, April 9th against four multinational clothing companies accused of profiting from forced labor on Uyghur Turkish Muslims in China.
He is accused “Concealing forced labor and crimes against humanity” Companies include Inditex (owner of the Zara brand), Uniqlo, SMCP (Sandro, Maje, etc.) and sports shoe manufacturer Skechers. The complaint was filed by the Anti-Corruption Association Sherpa, the Ethics Group, the European Uyghur Institute (IODE), and a Uyghur woman detained in Xinjiang Province. This region in northwestern China accounts for nearly one-fifth of global cotton production and provides products for many apparel giants.
According to the report on the use of forced labor by Uyghur minorities issued by the Australian NGO Australian Institute for Strategic Policy (ASPI) in March 2020, the plaintiff requested the French judicial department to investigate these companies. “We will continue to subcontract part of its production to the country, or use the cotton produced in the region to sell goods, making ourselves complicit in serious crimes committed in the region.”. The association believes that these four companies are likely to sell all or part of the clothing or shoes produced in factories where Uyghurs are subjected to forced labor. They also believe that they have no justification to make sufficient efforts to ensure that their subcontractors do not participate in the persecution of this minority group. The complaint filed in Paris by the lawyer William Bourdon, “This is the first in a series of products that will be launched in other European countries in the coming months”.
Several countries, including the United States, caused “genocide,” and Uyghurs are said to be the victims. Human rights NGOs accused Beijing of internships at the Political Re-education Center for more than one million people since 2017.The number denied by the communist regime, which ensures that it is “Vocational Training Center” After a series of attacks attributed to Uyghurs, they intend to alienate Uyghurs from Islamism and separatism.