Scores of Chinese and foreign companies producing “well-known global brands” may be involved in human trafficking, forced labour and other human rights abuses in China’s Xinjiang region, a United Nations working group said on Monday, calling more attention to an issue that Beijing is increasingly on the defensive about.
On a cold Melbourne afternoon in June this year, 34-year-old Gulnur Idreis’s phone started to ring. It was a video call coming from her elderly parents in Xinjiang, China. Any contact with them was precious.
New evidence that China is funnelling Uyghurs from re-education camps into factory work
Major fashion retailers are now investigating whether their suppliers use forced labour
Women have spoken out about being forced to work in factories making clothes and gloves
Like all members of the Uyghur Muslim minority in China, they had spent the past two years living through a dystopian nightmare.