‘Virtually entire’ fashion industry complicit in Uighur forced labour, say rights groups

The Guardian, 23 July 2020

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Many of the world’s biggest fashion brands and retailers are complicit in the forced labour and human rights violations being perpetrated on millions of Uighur people in the Xinjiang region of northwestern China, says a coalition of more than 180 human rights groups.

There is mounting global outrage over the atrocities being committed against the Uighur population in the region, including torture, forced separation and the compulsory sterilisation of Uighur women.

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France slams ‘unacceptable’ Chinese imprisonment of Uighurs

yahoo news, 21 July 2020

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Paris on Tuesday said the imprisonment of ethnic and religious minorities in China’s western Xinjiang region is “unacceptable” and demanded that Beijing let independent human rights observers visit the area.

Rights groups and experts estimate that more than one million ethnic Uighurs and other Turkic-speaking minorities have been rounded up into a network of internment camps.

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World is legally obliged to pressure China on Uighurs, leading lawyers say

The Guardian, 22 July 2020

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The international community is legally obliged to take action on China’s alleged abuse of Uighur and other Turkic minorities, a prominent group of British lawyers has said, suggesting nations use sanctions, corporate accountability mechanisms, and international treaties preventing racial discrimination to pressure Beijing.

China’s refusal to be held legally accountable for the widespread and documented allegations did not absolve the global community of responsibility, the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales (BHRC) said in a report released on Wednesday.


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Board of Deputies President writes to Chinese Ambassador citing ‘similarities’ between Chinese treatment of Uyghurs and Nazi atrocities

Board of Deputies of British Jews, 20 July 2020

Marie van der Zyl, President of Board of Deputies of British Jews, calls in an open letter to the Chinese Ambassador in London on the Chinese government to release all camp detainees and to stop the atrocities against Uyghurs and other groups. The crackdown on Uyghurs resembles, according to Ms. der Zyl, to what happened in Nazi Germany 75 years ago. “The world is watching. The hand of history is poised. For its future, China has a choice between great glory and eternal shame. Let it choose the former” Ms. van der Zyl”, Ms. der Zyl concluded her very powerful letter.  Please find the full letter below: 

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History teaches us that we cannot stay silent in the face of what is happening to China’s Uighur community

The House, 20 July 2020

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Karen Pollock Holocaust Educational Trust – 75 years after the Holocaust, we cannot say we did not know about the appalling treatment of the Uighurs

When we take young students, teachers and politicians to visit Auschwitz, it is always the mountain of hair that hits people.

Tonnes of human hair shaved from the heads of some of the 1.1 million Jewish people murdered in the death camp, to be shipped back to Germany and turned into thread, rope or even socks for submarine crews, is piled from floor to ceiling.

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When It Comes to the Uyghur Genocide, the World Cannot Be a Bystander

The Geopolitics, 17 July 2020

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By Omer Kanat – We have all seen the videos. A person collapses in the street, a car hits a pedestrian, or someone assaults an innocent passerby. Then to our disbelief, everyone in the vicinity carries on with their day as if nothing had happened. When we are watching the images, we ask how it is possible that people will not intervene or help.

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WEEKLY BRIEF: 16 JULY 2020

World Uyghur Congress, 10 July 2020

NEWS

UK Banned Huawei from its 5G Network
This week the British government decided that telecom networks are not allowed to buy new Huawei 5G equipment and all Huawei gear should be stripped out of the mobile networks by 2027. Moreover, BT’s Openreach and other broadband infrastructure providers should stop the use of Huawei products. 

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The World’s Most Technologically Sophisticated Genocide Is Happening in Xinjiang

FP, 15 July 2020

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Two recent disturbing events may finally awaken the world to the scale and horror of the atrocities being committed against the Uighurs, a mostly secular Muslim ethnic minority, in Xinjiang, China. One is an authoritative report documenting the systematic sterilization of Uighur women. The other was the seizure by U.S. Customs and Border Protection of 13 tons of products made from human hair suspected of being forcibly removed from Uighurs imprisoned in concentration camps. Both events evoke chilling parallels to past atrocities elsewhere, forced sterilization of minorities, disabled, and Indigenous people, and the image of the glass display of mountains of hair preserved at Auschwitz.

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