As evidence of the enslavement of hundreds of thousands of Uighurs accumulates, with members of the population deported from their homes and often locked up in huge labour camps, there is a growing movement to prevent the exploitation of their forced labour. Civil society, led by an international coalition of NGOs, is putting pressure on companies to avoid using the labour of this Muslim population in Xinjiang in their value chain. This media-led pressure is being further compounded by trade measures adopted by several countries to ban imports from the Chinese province, where 20% of the world’s cotton is produced.
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