UK Lags Behind Tackling Forced Labor in Xinjiang

HRW, 16 January 2020

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The United Kingdom and Canada made coordinated announcements this week to help prevent British and Canadian businesses from being complicit in, or profiting from, human rights violations in China’s Xinjiang region.

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Uighur campaigners to target 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics sponsors

The Guardian, 18 January 2021

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Campaigners fighting against the persecution of Uighur Muslims in China are to target private companies sponsoring the Beijing Winter Olympics in an attempt to persuade them to use their influence with the Chinese government ahead of the 2022 event.

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WEEKLY BRIEF, 15 JANUARY 2021

NEWS

The U.S., United Kingdom and Canada Will Introduce New Measures in Response to the Grave Human Rights Violations in East Turkistan
The WUC welcomes decisions by the U.S., U.K., and Canadian governments to take new measures to address the grave human rights abuses against Uyghurs in East Turkistan, focused on ending Western companies’ complicity in the use of Uyghur forced labour. On 13 January, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection issued a ban on imports of cotton and tomato products from East Turkistan over forced labour concerns. This follows other import restrictions issued last year. On January 12th, the U.K. Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab, announced new government requirements for British companies to prove that their supply chains are not tainted by Uyghur forced labour. In coordination with the U.K., Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, François-Philippe Champagne announced on the same day that Canada is taking similar measures to ensure that products of Uyghur forced labour are not entering Canadian supply chains and making companies complicit in these human rights abuses.

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Huawei patent mentions use of Uighur-spotting tech

BBC, 13 January 2021

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A Huawei patent has been brought to light for a system that identifies people who appear to be of Uighur origin among images of pedestrians.

The filing is one of several of its kind involving leading Chinese technology companies, discovered by a US research company and shared with BBC News.

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Beijing Accelerates Campaign of Ethnic Assimilation

Wall Street Journal, 31 December 2020

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To realize the China of his dreams, Xi Jinping wants to meld the nation’s dozens of ethnic groups into a singular national identity.

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Weekly Brief, 25 December 2020

NEWS

Uyghur Man Dies by Suicide after Learning He Would Be Sent to an Internment Camp
On December 18th, Radio Free Asia reported that a young Uyghur man, who went missing after he learned he would be sent to one of the internment camps in East Turkistan, has been found to have died by suicide. The young Uyghur man had learned he would be interned because he was born in the year 2000, thus falling within an age range for Uyghur men that is considered “dangerous” by authorities. Such reasons for internment were previously reported by Human Rights Watch, which was based on research of a leaked prisoner list (the Aksu list).

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Alibaba Admits Developing Racist Uyghur Recognition

IPVM, 22 December 2020

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Alibaba admitted its Cloud division developed racist AI software, saying it is “dismayed” while claiming it “never intended” to target “specific ethnic groups” and the tech was only used “within a testing environment”.

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Coalition of activist groups pens open letter to Tim Cook over human rights failings

iMore, 18 December 2020

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A coalition of more than 150 activist groups has penned an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook highlighting the company’s failure to enact its own human rights policy.

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