IPAC Highlights Uyghur Labor Abuse

May 10, 2023

The Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China renews its concern about the continued use of forced labour in Xinjiang. Work published today by Dr. Adrian Zenz highlights the persistence of coercive labour transfers of Uyghurs in the cotton industry, including elderly people over 60 years old. Disturbing findings include state documents categorising certain Uyghurs as “lazy persons” in need of “thought education”, reminiscent of the darkest periods of recent history.

As many democracies attempt to re-engage with Beijing, this report serves as a stark reminder that the nature of the Party-State has not changed, together with its abhorrent behaviour towards minorities and dissidents.

We call for legislation sufficient to keep slave-made goods off our shelves. Governments have a solemn responsibility to protect our citizens and businesses from complicity in forced labour, and must insist upon minimum standards of supply chain transparency and human rights due diligence to ensure that we do not continue to profit from the suffering of ethnic minorities in China.


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