MEPs submit joint letter calling for an import ban on Chinese companies using forced labour

Reinhard Buetikofer, 23 october 2020

Below is an article published by reinhardbuetikofer.eu. Photo End Uyghur Forced Labour.

Dear President von der Leyen,

Dear Vice-President Dombrovskis,

For years, the Chinese regime has been detaining millions of human beings in camps, just because they were born Uyghurs. For years, Europe and the world have been witnessing a crime against humanity without opposing any resistance to it.

In recent months, several studies have reported the use of Uyghur forced labour for the benefit of major European companies. Indeed, many Chinese factories, directly supplying EU brands exploit the Uyghurs and benefit from their forced labour.

Facing this abjection, Europe must act to protect the lives and fundamental rights of Uyghurs. The EU should use its trade and market power to safeguards the founding principles enrichened in our Treaties and guiding our external policies.

As the US did lately through an imports ban passed almost unanimously in the US House of Representatives, Europe urgently needs to establish a blacklist of Chinese companies implicated in Uyghur forced labour.

We look forward to your response.

Yours sincerely,

1. Raphaël Glucksmann, S&D
2. Dietmar Köster, S&D
3. Francisco Guerreiro, Greens
4. Sylvie Guillaume, S&D
5. Aurore Lalucq, S&D
6. Izaskun Bilbao Barandica, Renew
7. Anna Cavazzini, Greens
8. Nora Mebarek, S&D
9. Pierre Larrouturou, S&D
10. Rasa Jukneviciene, EPP
11. Michael Gahler, EPP
12. Leïla Chaibi, GUE
13. Giuseppe Ferrandino, S&D
14. Miriam Lexmann, EPP
15. Andreas Schieder, S&D
16. Manon Aubry, GUE
17. Athanasios Konstantinou, NI
18. Assita Kanko, ECR
19. Viola Von Cramon-Taubadel, Greens
20. Laurence Farreng, Renew
21. Reinhard Bütikofer, Greens
22. Engin Eroglu, Renew
23. Nathalie Loiseau, Renew
24. Ivan Stefanec, EPP
25. Andrius Kubilius, EPP
26. Ausra Maldeikiene, EPP
27. Kati Piri, S&D
28. Leopoldo Lopez-Gil, EPP
29. Ilana Cicurel, Renew
30. Alviina Alametsa, Greens
31. Pierrette Herzberger-Fofana, Greens
32. Isabel Santos, S&D
33. Ville Niinistö, Greens
34. Javier Nart, Renew
35. Emmanuel Maurel, GUE
36. Giuliano Pisapia, S&D
37. Pascal Durand, Renew
38. Fredrick Federley, Renew
39. Abir Al-Sahlani, Renew
40. Ciaran Cuffe, Greens
41. Radoslaw Sikorski, EPP
42. Hannah Neumann, Greens
43. Hilde Vautmans, Renew
44. Marie-Pierre Vedrenne, Renew
45. François Alfonsi, Greens
46. Benoît Biteau, Greens
47. Damien Carême, Greens
48. David Cormand, Greens
49. Gwendoline Delbos-Corfield, Greens
50. Karima Delli, Greens
51. Claude Gruffat, Greens
52. Yannick Jadot, Greens
53. Michèle Rivasi, Greens
54. Caroline Roose, Greens
55. Marie Toussaint, Greens
56. Salima Yenbou, Greens
57. Mounir Satouri, Greens
58. David Lega, EPP
59. Ivan Vilibor Sincic, NI
60. Helmut Geuking, ECR
61. Carmen Avram, ECR
62. Svenja Hahn, Renew
63. Petros Kokkalis, GUE
64. Petri Sarvamaa, EPP
65. Erik Marquardt, Greens
66. Jan-Christoph Oetjen, Renew
67. Carles Puigdemont, NI
68. Antoni Comin, NI
69. Clara Ponsati, NI
70. Philippe Lamberts, Greens
71. Katalin Cseh, Renew
72. Anne-Sophie Pelletier, GUE
73. Peter van Dalen, EPP
74. Lidia Pereira, EPP
75. Samira Rafaela, Renew
76. Eva Kaili, S&D
77. Maria Arena, S&D
78. Marc Angel, S&D
79. Witold Waszcykowski, ECR
80. Michaela Sojdrova, EPP
81. Saskia Bricmont, Greens
82. Henrike Hahn, Greens
83. Pascal Arimont, EPP
84. Stefan Berger, EPP
85. Dragos Tudorache, Renew
86. Salvatore De Meo, EPP
87. François-Xavier Bellamy, EPP
88. Bernard Guetta, Renew
89. Anna Fotyga, ECR
90. Lara Wolters, S&D
91. Tonino Picula, S&D
92. Petras Austrevicius, Renew
93. Karen Melchior, Renew
94. Fabio Massimo Castaldo, NI
95. Marisa Matias, GUE
96. Agnes Jongerius, S&D
97. Kathleen Van Brempt, S&D
98. Gabriele Bischoff, S&D
99. Alexis Georgoulis, GUE
100. Domenec Ruiz-Devesa, S&D