Report: China Uighurs Forced Into Factory Labour For Global Brands

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China Uighurs Forced Into Factory Labour For Globa
China has facilitated a secret mass transfer of over 80,000 Uighurs and other ethnic minority citizens from Xinjiang to factories across the country that supply goods to some of the world’s biggest brands, a report has revealed. 

Canberra-based Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) in a report exposes a new phase in China’s social re-engineering campaign targeting minority citizens, which revealed that 27 factories across China are using forced Uighur labour under a state-sponsored labour transfer scheme that is tainting the global supply chain.

“Over 80,000 Uighurs were assigned to 27 factories across China between 2017 and 2019, and some of them were sent directly from detention camps, through labour transfer programs under a central government policy known as ‘Xinjiang Aid’,” the report said.

In conditions that “strongly suggest forced labour”, the report said, Uighur workers live in segregated dormitories, undergo organised Mandarin and ideological training, are subject to constant surveillance, and barred from observing religious practices.

(Courtesy: ASPI)

It added that numerous sources, including government documents, show that transferred workers are often assigned minders and have limited freedom of movement.

The report also said the actual figure of the workers “is likely to be far higher”.

The factories are part of the supply chains of at least 83 well-known global brands, including Apple, BMW, Gap, Huawei, Nike, Samsung, Sony and Volkswagen, the report said.

China has attracted international condemnation for its network of extrajudicial ‘re-education camps’ for as many as 1.5 million Uighurs and other Muslim minority citizens in far west Xinjiang region, in what some experts call a systematic, government-led program of cultural genocide.

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