Investigate the Exploitation of Uyghurs in Chinese Factories

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Uyghurs are a minority of Muslims living in the northwest area of China. 

The Chinese government forced a number from thousands to millions of Uyghurs to move into Xinjiang "re-education camps." In these concentration camps, the goal was to sinicize [assimilate] Uyghurs, or "make Chinese." Their culture was ripped away from them. They were forced to eat pork, drink alcohol, and some women were even married off to Han men.

"But there is new evidence to show that the Chinese authorities are moving Uighurs into government-directed labor around the country as part of the central government's "Xinjiang Aid" initiative. For the party, this would help meet its poverty-alleviation goals but also allow it to further control the Uighur population and break familial bonds."

Now there are claims that Uyghurs have been moved to sweatshops in Xinjiang. Under an investigation by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, Uyghurs were found "mak[ing] goods for more than 80 established global brands." This means that they were working in factories that these companies supply from.

These brands include "Abercrombie & Fitch, Acer, Adidas, Alstom, Amazon, Apple, ASUS, BAIC Motor, BMW, Bombardier, Bosch, BYD, Calvin Klein, Candy, Carter’s, Cerruti 1881, Changan Automobile, Cisco, CRRC, Dell, Electrolux, Fila, Founder Group, GAC Group (automobiles), Gap, Geely Auto, General Electric, General Motors, Google, H&M, Haier, Hart Schaffner Marx, Hisense, Hitachi, HP, HTC, Huawei, iFlyTek, Jack & Jones, Jaguar, Japan Display Inc., L.L.Bean, Lacoste, Land Rover, Lenovo, LG, Li-Ning, Mayor, Meizu, Mercedes-Benz, MG, Microsoft, Mitsubishi, Mitsumi, Nike, Nintendo, Nokia, The North Face, Oculus, Oppo, Panasonic, Polo Ralph Lauren, Puma, Roewe, SAIC Motor, Samsung, SGMW, Sharp, Siemens, Skechers, Sony, TDK, Tommy Hilfiger, Toshiba, Tsinghua Tongfang, Uniqlo, Victoria’s Secret, Vivo, Volkswagen, Xiaomi, Zara, Zegna, ZTE."

These companies NEED to:

1. Conduct an investigation into the factories in question.

2. Make a public statement regarding the issue, letting consumers know what the investigation found.

3. End all manufacturing related to the Xinjiang area.

Sources:

https://explore-proquest-com.ezp.tccd.edu/sirsissuesresearcher/document/2392733422?accountid=7079

https://www.business-humanrights.org/en/china-83-major-brands-implicated-in-report-on-forced-labour-of-ethnic-minorities-from-xinjiang-assigned-to-factories-across-provinces-includes-company-responses/?dateorder=datedesc&page=2&componenttype=all

https://s3-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/ad-aspi/2020-03/Uyghurs%20for%20sale_Final.pdf



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