This report is another worrying example of mounting evidence of genocide against the Uyghur in China. New research suggests that more than half a million people have been forced to pick cotton and attend re-education camps in the Xinjiang region. Xinjiang produces 20% of the world’s cotton but it is stained with the mark of human rights abuses. The U.K. Government and British business must act now and impose sanctions on officials overseeing forced labour & step up efforts to allow UN access to the region.…/xinjiang-china-more-than…

Last year on the Environmental Audit Committee (EAC), we published a report into fast fashion which highlighted how UK-based textile retailers were stocking items produced in Uzbekistani and Turkmenistan labour camps. The reports of intimidation and malnutrition appears to mirror the situation in Xinjiang, China.

I raised this earlier today in the House of Commons and asked whether the Government’s rejection of the report’s recommendations constitutes a missed opportunity. The Conservative MP’s plea for patience after failing to act for almost 2 years since the report was released, will provide little consolation to the Uyghur suffering in the fields of Xinjiang.

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