Weekly Brief, 14 January 2022


WUC Joins Protest Action Urging Allianz to Drop its Sponsorship of Beijing Olympics
On January 7th, the World Uyghur Congress took part in a protest action organized by Tibet Initiative Deutschland to urge Allianz to drop its sponsorship of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, in the face of China’s egregious human rights abuses against Uyghurs, Tibetans, and others. During the action, WUC Program Manager Zumretay Arkin presented Allianz with a change.org petition, which was signed by over 46,000 individuals asking the company to drop its sponsorship of the Beijing Olympics.

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Olympic athletes to wear kit manufactured in ‘slave labour’ region of Xinjiang

The Telegraph, 12 January 2022

Below is an article published by The Telegraph. Photo Telegraph.

China’s Olympic athletes will be donning uniforms manufactured in Xinjiang, a region mired in controversy over human rights allegations, including forced labour.

More than 2,000 sets of uniforms – including ski suits, gloves, hats and ear muffs – using cotton and camel hair sourced from the region have been delivered to Beijing, according to state media Beijing Daily.

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After 4 years in detention, Uyghur brothers forced to work at factories in Xinjiang

Radio Free Asia, 12 January 2022

Below is an article published by Radio Free Asia. Photo RFA.

Two Uyghur brothers detained in a Xinjiang internment camp for four years before being released in August 2021 were rearrested just a week later and are now being forced to work in factories, local officials and a Uyghur in exile who has knowledge of the situation said.

The brothers from Lop (in Chinese, Luopu) county in Hotan (Hetian) prefecture were held in a camp in the county’s Sampul village, said the Uyghur source, who is also from Lop.

Authorities arrested Eziz Abdulla, a farmer living in the village’s Aydinkol hamlet, along with his two sons, Abduqahar Eziz and Ablikim Eziz, for “illegal gatherings” while they were watering their crops in a field in 2017, the source said.

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Ensuring The Implementation Of The Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act

Forbes, 11 January 2022

Below is an article published by Forbes. Photo AFP.

On December 23, President Joe Biden signed into law the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act (UFLPA), a bill meant to ensure that no goods produced with forced labor in Xinjiang make their way into U.S. markets. While the bill’s passage was a victory for human rights in Xinjiang, the next 180 days are critical to ensuring the success and comprehensive coverage of the act.

The compromise bill establishes a “rebuttable presumption” that all goods produced in whole or in part in Xinjiang have been made with forced labor. U.S. companies will now be required to prove a negative: that goods they imported from Xinjiang are not produced with forced labor.

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Intel deletes mention of Xinjiang in letter after China backlash

The Guardian, 11 January 2022

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US chipmaker Intel has deleted references to Xinjiang from an annual letter to suppliers after the company faced a backlash in China for asking suppliers to avoid the sanctions-hit region.

Last month, Intel was slammed on Chinese social media for a letter to suppliers published on its website. The 23 December letter said Intel had been “required to ensure that its supply chain does not use any labour or source goods or services from the Xinjiang region” following restrictions imposed by “multiple governments”.

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Airbnb questioned over Xinjiang business amid Uighur ‘genocide’

Al Jazeera, 8 January 2022

Below is an article published by Al Jazeera. Photo AFP.

Two members of the US Congress have raised concerns about home rental firm Airbnb Inc’s business activities in China’s Xinjiang region, where Washington says Beijing is committing genocide against Muslim Uighurs and other ethnic groups.

Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative James McGovern, two Democrats who respectively chair and co-chair the Congressional-Executive Commission on China, sent Airbnb a letter (PDF) asking about some of its listings in Xinjiang and other issues.

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Tesla’s new showroom in Xinjiang prompts criticism from human rights activists

Radio Free Asia, 04 January 2022

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U.S. electric car maker Tesla’s decision to open a showroom in China’s Xinjiang region amid an ongoing genocide of the predominently Muslim Uyghur minority group drew an immediate rebuke from rights activists and other experts who have documented abuses in the troubled area.

Austin, Texas-based Tesla, run by billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk, opened the store in Urumqi (in Chinese, Wulumuqi) on Dec. 31.

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