Citing Forced Labor, U.S. Blocks Fishing Boat From Fiji

The action was part of a larger Customs crackdown. Officials said the operators withheld workers’ wages, kept their identity documents and subjected them to debt bondage — essentially enslaving them.

#customs-and-border-protection-us, #fiji, #fishing-commercial, #forced-labor, #immigration-and-emigration, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #maritime-crime, #seafood, #ships-and-shipping, #tuna, #wages-and-salaries, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Fashion Retailers Face Inquiry Over Suspected Ties to Forced Labor in China

French prosecutors are investigating whether household names like Zara, Uniqlo and Skechers profited from exploiting Uyghurs in Xinjiang, China.

#cotton, #european-parliament, #fashion-and-apparel, #forced-labor, #inditex-group, #labor-and-jobs, #maje-fashion-label, #politics-and-government, #sandro, #sherpa-french-human-rights-organization, #trump-donald-j, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

U.S. Bans Chinese Imports of Solar Panel Materials Tied to Forced Labor

Much of the world’s polysilicon, used to make solar panels, comes from Xinjiang, where the United States has accused China of committing genocide through its repression of Uyghurs.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #muslims-and-islam, #solar-energy, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xinjiang-china

G7 Leaders Offer United Front as Summit Ends, but Cracks Are Clear

Biden and other Western leaders had tough words for Russia and China after wrapping up a meeting in England, but they had trouble finding common ground on some big issues.

#belt-and-road-initiative-china, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cornwall-england, #forced-labor, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #group-of-seven, #international-relations, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations

Witnessing China’s Uyghur Genocide in Xinjiang

If we say Xi Jinping is committing genocide, can we do nothing?

#birth-control-and-family-planning, #china, #concentration-camps, #forced-labor, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #sterilization-reproductive, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #xi-jinping, #xinjiang-china

Ambassador Tai to Outline Biden’s Goal of Worker-Focused Trade Policy

The U.S. trade representative will call for stronger worker protections in trade policy as the administration looks to curb the negative impact of globalization.

#canada, #china, #forced-labor, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #mexico, #north-america, #tai-katherine-1974, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #united-states-mexico-canada-agreement

China’s Solar Dominance Presents Biden With Human Rights Dilemma

President Biden’s vow to work with China on issues like climate change is clashing with his promise to defend human rights.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #american-federation-of-labor-congress-of-industrial-organizations, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #factories-and-manufacturing, #first-solar-inc, #forced-labor, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #silicon, #solar-energy, #solar-energy-industries-assn, #solyndra-inc, #trumka-richard-l, #trump-donald-j, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xinjiang-china

Global Brands Find It Hard to Untangle Themselves From Xinjiang Cotton

Under pressure to renounce cotton harvested in a Chinese region marked by gruesome repression, they face a backlash from nationalist Chinese consumers.

#better-cotton-initiative, #boycotts, #china, #cotton, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fashion-and-apparel, #forced-labor, #hm-hennesmauritz-ab, #inditex-group, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #nike-inc, #phillips-van-heusen-corporation, #textiles, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states, #xinjiang-china

China Tries to Counter Xinjiang Backlash With … a Musical?

The movie is part of Beijing’s wide-ranging new propaganda campaign to push back on sanctions and criticism of its oppression of the Uyghurs.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #facebook-inc, #forced-labor, #han-chinese-ethnic-group, #kazakhs-ethnic-group, #minorities, #movies, #social-media, #twitter, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xinjiang-china

Japan Is Finding It Harder to Stay Quiet on China’s Abuse of Uyghurs

Public awareness of the issue is growing in the country, spurred in part by the work of Uyghur activists, and that is increasing pressure on the government to take action.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #japan, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xinjiang-china

What is Going on with China, Cotton and All of These Clothing Brands?

A user’s guide to the latest cross-border social media fashion crisis.

#burberry, #china, #consumer-behavior, #e-commerce, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #fashion-and-apparel, #forced-labor, #hm-hennesmauritz-ab, #hugo-boss-ag, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #luxury-goods-and-services, #politics-and-government, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #shopping-and-retail, #social-media, #textiles, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #your-feed-fashion

China’s Outrage over Forced Labor Charges Targets H&M, Adidas and Nike

Major clothing brands that rely on the Chinese market are caught in a bind as Beijing and the West harden their stances on the crackdown on Xinjiang.

#adidas-ag, #china, #europe, #fashion-and-apparel, #forced-labor, #hm-hennesmauritz-ab, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kazakhs-ethnic-group, #nike-inc, #politics-and-government, #shanghai-china, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xi-jinping, #xinjiang-china

H&M Faces a Boycott in China Over Statement on Uyghurs

The Swedish retailer is the latest fashion business to come under pressure from Chinese consumers after a perceived misstep.

#china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #fashion-and-apparel, #forced-labor, #hm-hennesmauritz-ab, #politics-and-government, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group

John Geddert Charges: What Is Human Trafficking?

Experts say the filing of human trafficking charges against John Geddert, who died on Thursday, could have major ramifications for future prosecutions of coaches in the high-pressure world of elite sports.

#athletics-and-sports, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #coaches-and-managers, #forced-labor, #geddert-john-1957, #gymnastics, #human-trafficking, #michigan, #sex-crimes

The Alarming Human Toll of Cheap Stuff ‘Made in China’

In a new book, the journalist Amelia Pang investigates the brutal system of forced labor that undergirds China’s booming export industry.

#books-and-literature, #china, #factories-and-manufacturing, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #made-in-china-a-prisoner-an-sos-letter-and-the-hidden-cost-of-americas-cheap-goods-book, #pang-amelia, #politics-and-government, #sun-yi

I Grew Up Witnessing Forced Labor. U.S. Companies Must Step Up.

Otherwise, they risk complicity in the persecution of millions of Uighurs.

#factories-and-manufacturing, #fashion-and-apparel, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states, #united-states-economy, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #xinjiang-china

U.S. Says China’s Repression of Uighurs Is ‘Genocide’

The finding by the Trump administration is the strongest denunciation by any government of China’s actions and follows a Biden campaign statement with the same declaration.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kazakhs-ethnic-group, #minorities, #muslims-and-islam, #political-prisoners, #pompeo-mike, #state-department, #sterilization-reproductive, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #trump-donald-j, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #xi-jinping, #xinjiang-china

U.S. Bans All Cotton and Tomatoes From Xinjiang Region of China

The sweeping ban, which was based on concerns about forced labor in the region, could compel companies to reorganize their multinational supply chains.

#customs-and-border-protection-us, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #politics-and-government, #xinjiang-china

Chinese Solar Companies Tied to Use of Forced Labor

A new report shows some of the world’s biggest solar companies work with the Chinese government to absorb workers from Xinjiang, programs that are often seen as a red flag for forced labor.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #factories-and-manufacturing, #forced-labor, #horizon-advisory-group-llc, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #minorities, #recalls-and-bans-of-products, #solar-energy-industries-assn, #trump-donald-j, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #workplace-hazards-and-violations, #xinjiang-china

With Concessions and Deals, China’s Leader Tries to Box Out Biden

Xi Jinping has been making trade agreements in Asia and now Europe, hoping to head off the incoming president’s efforts to rally a united front against China.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #europe, #european-parliament, #european-union, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #forced-labor, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

A Company Made P.P.E. for the World. Now Its Workers Have the Virus.

Top Glove, the world’s largest rubber glove maker, has enjoyed record profits in the pandemic, even as thousands of its low-paid workers in Malaysia suffer from a large outbreak of Covid-19.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #forced-labor, #foreign-workers, #labor-and-jobs, #malaysia, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #singapore, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Chinese Companies to Face More Scrutiny as Bill Clears House

The House voted to approve legislation that will increase oversight for Chinese companies listed on American exchanges, making the bill almost certain to become law.

#china, #cotton, #forced-labor, #law-and-legislation, #politics-and-government, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-states-economy

Nike and Coca-Cola Lobby Against Xinjiang Forced Labor Bill

Business groups and major companies like Apple have been pressing Congress to alter legislation cracking down on imports of goods made with forced labor from persecuted Muslim minorities in China.

#apple-inc, #china, #coca-cola-company, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #lobbying-and-lobbyists, #nike-inc, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xinjiang-china

China Disappeared My Professor. It Can’t Silence His Poetry.

Against overwhelming state violence, poetry might appear to offer little recourse. But for many Uighurs, it’s a powerful form of resistance.

#books-and-literature, #china, #dawut-rahile, #forced-labor, #poetry-and-poets, #social-media, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #urumqi-china, #xinjiang-china

Along Russia’s ‘Road of Bones,’ Relics of Suffering and Despair

The Kolyma Highway in the Russian Far East once delivered tens of thousands of prisoners to the work camps of Stalin’s gulag. The ruins of that cruel era are still visible today.

#forced-labor, #kolyma-russia, #kolyma-highway, #magadan-russia, #soviet-gulag, #stalin-joseph, #ussr-former-soviet-union, #yakutsk-russia

Brushing off Criticism, China’s Xi Calls Policies in Xinjiang ‘Totally Correct’

Mr. Xi made the remarks at a meeting on the region of western China, suggesting that the Communist Party remains committed to drastically changing Uighurs and other Muslim minorities.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #forced-labor, #muslims-and-islam, #political-prisoners, #trump-donald-j, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xi-jinping, #xinjiang-china

China Has a New Plan to Tame Tibet

It failed to coax cultural assimilation with economic incentives. Now it’s going for coerced labor and micromanaging people’s very lifestyles.

#agriculture-and-farming, #buddhism, #china, #chinese-language, #communist-party-of-china, #dalai-lama, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #forced-labor, #han-chinese-ethnic-group, #himalayas, #immigration-and-emigration, #immolation, #inner-mongolia, #jamestown-foundation, #jiang-zemin, #labor-and-jobs, #language-and-languages, #lhasa-tibet, #minorities, #nomadic-people, #politics-and-government, #qinghai-province-china, #religion-and-belief, #reuters-group-plc, #sichuan-province-china, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #tashi-wangchuk, #tibet, #vocational-training, #xi-jinping, #xinjiang-china

China Is Expanding Detention Sites in Muslim Region of Xinjiang

China said it was winding down its “re-education” camps for Uighurs and other minorities, but researchers found evidence that incarceration is on the rise.

#china, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #muslims-and-islam, #prisons-and-prisoners, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #xinjiang-china

U.S. Restricts Chinese Apparel and Tech Products, Citing Forced Labor

The new restrictions, announced Monday, fall short of a broader ban on cotton and tomatoes from Xinjiang that the administration was poised to announce last week.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cotton, #fashion-and-apparel, #forced-labor, #international-trade-and-world-market, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations

U.S. May Ban Cotton From Xinjiang Region of China Over Rights Concerns

The potential move, which could come as soon as Tuesday, comes amid reports of the use of forced labor in Xinjiang, where China has carried out a crackdown against mostly Muslim minorities.

#china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fashion-and-apparel, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #textiles, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xinjiang-china

German Automotive Giant Admits It Was a Nazi Accomplice

The company, Continental, is the latest to offer a detailed exposé of its wartime use of slave labor and other crimes.

#automobiles, #concentration-camps, #continental-ag, #degenhart-elmar, #forced-labor, #germany, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #world-war-ii-1939-45

For P.O.W., Landmark Verdict Against North Korea Is Long-Overdue Justice

A former South Korean soldier may never see a penny of the $17,600 awarded by a court last month. But the verdict set a precedent for thousands of others seeking to hold the North and Kim Jong-un accountable for human rights violations.

#decisions-and-verdicts, #defense-and-military-forces, #forced-labor, #kim-jong-un, #north-korea, #prisoners-of-war, #south-korea

Coalition Brings Pressure to End Forced Uighur Labor

More than 190 organizations have come together to demand an end to garments made by forced labor in China.

#abercrombiefitch-co, #adidas-ag, #calvin-klein-inc, #communist-party-of-china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #factories-and-manufacturing, #fashion-and-apparel, #forced-labor, #hm-hennesmauritz-ab, #hugo-boss-ag, #labor-and-jobs, #lacoste, #phillips-van-heusen-corporation, #textiles, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xinjiang-china, #your-feed-fashion

Banned Chinese Companies Deny Allegations They Abused Uighurs

Several firms that were blacklisted by the U.S. Commerce Department said they had found no evidence of forced labor or other abuses.

#apple-inc, #beijing-liuhe-bgi, #changji-esquel-textile-co, #china, #commerce-department, #forced-labor, #google-inc, #nanchang-o-film-tech, #textiles, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-politics-and-government, #xinjiang-china, #xinjiang-silk-road-bgi

U.S. Imposes Sanctions on 11 Chinese Companies Over Human Rights

The move, which affects suppliers to major international brands including Apple, Ralph Lauren and Tommy Hilfiger, could force companies to sever some ties to China.

#apple-inc, #china, #commerce-department, #communist-party-of-china, #cook-timothy-d, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #factories-and-manufacturing, #forced-labor, #google-inc, #huawei-technologies-co-ltd, #hugo-boss-ag, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #minorities, #muji-retailer, #political-prisoners, #polo-ralph-lauren-corp, #ross-wilbur-l-jr, #textiles, #tommy-hilfiger-corp, #trump-donald-j, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

Wearing a Mask? It May Come From China’s Controversial Labor Program

Our visual investigation reveals that several Chinese companies are using Uighur labor from a contentious government program to produce P.P.E. during the pandemic. We track some of that equipment to the U.S. and around the world.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #forced-labor, #medical-devices, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states, #xinjiang-china

President Trump Has Tools to Pressure China. Will He Use Them?

History will not be kind to those who did nothing to try to stop Beijing’s human rights abuses.

#associated-press, #bolton-john-r, #customs-and-border-protection-us, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #forced-labor, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #trump-donald-j, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-nations-human-rights-council, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #xi-jinping

Xinjiang Returns to Work, but Coronavirus Worries Linger in China

The Chinese region, where hundreds of thousands of Muslims are held in indoctrination camps, has been an information void. Uighurs fear a lockdown in the region drove many to hunger.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #forced-labor, #kazakhs-ethnic-group, #muslims-and-islam, #political-prisoners, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xinjiang-china