Bulldozing Uyghur culture (2)

About companies complicit in Chinese slavery: I don’t know of an updated website listing all of them. Apart from those A. E. Clark listed, the website of The Coalition to End Forced Labour in the Uyghur Region also has a lot of information. If anyone knows of better websites for this purpose of tracking companies that are complicit in the Chinese genocide by way of forced labor, or if you create one, please post here or let me know?

I sure would like to see more follow-up. For example, the appropriation of Uyghur women’s hair, including for sale as hair extensions in US stores, has not been followed up on (as far as I know it goes on as before? and hair fashion people have said nothing about it).

The bibliography I have created and keep updating periodically online, has a wealth if items on specific companies (but isn’t complete).

Also, I’ve kept a thread running with updates on forced labor/slavery on the list H-Slavery, the latest instalment is here.

As you see there, there’s multiple references to the investigative work of Laura T. Murphy, who is a leader in the field of tracking these companies and the forced labor programs in China (including on topics such as Skecher shoes, and the solar panels industry). She is a Professor of Human Rights and Contemporary Slavery at the Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice, Sheffield Hallam University, UK, and testified at the recent Uyghur Tribunal (Prof. Murphy starts at 24:20- with follow-up questions from Tribunal members).


Magnus Fiskesjö <nf42@cornell.edu>

ps. latest update: Judicial authorities in France have just launched an action against four fashion retailers (Uniqlo France, a unit of Japan’s Fast Retailing, the Zara brand’s owner Inditex, France’s SMCP, and Skechers), “for concealing ‘crimes against humanity’ in Xinjiang.”

ps. also notable: Nike keeps wavering, and US basketball players keep their lucrative endorsement contracts with Chinese companies openly involved in Xinjiang slavery; even more consequentially, the US financial companies continue to invest US citizen’s savings in Chinese slavery, and, the US Congress is delaying its Uyghur Forced Labor legislation, despite public pressure (more is needed). Meanwhile, the US government has taken some actions.

ps. as for H&M, the mega-clothing company from my country (Sweden), has paid a modest price, losing some but not all of its China business, for declaring it would not source materials from Xinjiang. (the action against it in China has, in typical fashion when the regime uses trade as a weapon, involved the deployment of proxies the Communist youth league for urging boycotts, as well as getting holders of building leases for stores, to force H&M out).

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