Japan’s Muji Stops Short of Ban on Cotton From Xinjiang, Where Forced Labor is Rife

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Japanese clothing and lifestyle brand Muji says it has stopped exporting cotton sourced in Xinjiang to the United States, but rights groups say the company has done little to remove Xinjiang cotton — which has been linked forced labor by mostly ethnic Uyghur detainees who have committed no crime — from its supply chain.

The company said in comments e-mailed to RFA that since the outgoing Trump administration had banned imports of cotton and tomato products from Xinjiang last month, it had stopped exporting items made with Xinjiang cotton there “to comply with U.S. laws and regulations.”

The ban, which came after reports emerged that the mass incarceration camps in Xinjiang were increasingly linked to lucrative production processes using forced labor….

Full Story: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/japan-cotton-02122021141610.html

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