Demand Uniqlo Investigate Company's Involvement in Uyghur Slave Labor

Demand Uniqlo Investigate Company's Involvement in Uyghur Slave Labor

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Rahmah Shahzeb started this petition to Uniqlo

In May 2019, public concerns mounted over the use of slave labor in sourcing materials for fashion companies, including UNIQLO. UNIQLO's involvement came under fire when it was found that they openly advertised that they used "Xinjiang cotton." 

Xinjiang translates to New Territory, a term used by China's government to denote the occupied nation of East Turkestan. It has become synonymous with the enslavement and internment of the Uyghur Muslims. Since 2017, there have been at least 1 million Uyghur Muslims across over 85 different camps in occupied East Turkestan and China. During the 2019 UN General Assembly, the US along with 30 more nations condemned China's use of internment camps. 

UNIQLO has been vague in their statement regarding the sourcing of their cotton. According to a comment they made to the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre on July 29, 2019, they stated that they are "looking into the matter," but have not given any further updates on their investigation. 

The United States has recently passed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act of 2020 into law, which states that the US will take part in "an assessment of the use and nature of forced labor in and related to the detention of Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, including a description of foreign companies and industries directly benefiting from such labor," and will be working with allies and partners of the US to condemn the treatment of the Uyghurs. 

We demand that UNIQLO conduct a thorough and transparent investigation of their cotton source, and make the necessary changes to ensure that they do not participate in the ongoing human rights violations against the Uyghurs and other ethnic Turks in East Turkestan.

You can help by signing this petition and using the hashtag #CottonFromCaptivity when interacting on UNIQLO's social media platforms.  

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